Linux's Latest Security Vulnerability: Hype vs. Reality
In the latest bout of alarmist frenzy to sweep the security world, researchers disclosed a vulnerability in the Linux kernel's open source code last week. It turns out to pose little real threat.
The flaw, which has existed in Linux since 2012 but remained unknown, was reported by the Israeli security company Perception Point. It allows attackers to gain root access to computers running affected versions of the kernel. With root access, they can do anything they want to the system.