from the patch-and-reboot dept.
Several problems arrived last week and we needed to reboot all machines saturday afternoon in our envirement. Read on to see, what you need to do if you maintain an own Linux (or also BSD or UNIX workstation).
The first problem was in the Linux-Kernel: ptrace may be abused to gain root priviledges on a local machine.
The second problem affects all system running RPC services (NFS, NIS, ...) in the XDRRPC functions of the c-library. Also Linux, BSD and all UNIX systems are affected. This is a remote root exploit and may be abused from every host in the internet.
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