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Dirty Cow hype

"According to Phil Oester and his quote on V3, its quality as an exploit is outstanding: “The exploit in the wild is trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years – the version I obtained was compiled with gcc 4.8,” and he continued on to stress the related hazards: “An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system.”

The key word continually being ignored in the above statement is LOCAL user. This horrible danger only exists if the bad guy has hands on access to your computer. Not to mention that the patch is in, update your kernels and this mostly non-problem completely disappears.

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