Ubuntu gets major security fix

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Update patches kernel flaws.

Ubuntu users are being advised to update their systems after the release of a patch for the operating system's Linux kernel.

The open-source group sent out an advisory to users warning that, if left unpatched, the flaws could allow an attacker execute malicious code or cause a denial of service error leading to a system crash.

The vulnerability was traced back to what Ubuntu describes as "multiple NULL-pointer function dereferences in the Linux kernel terminal handling code." The attack is locally exploitable, meaning the attacker would need to have direct access to the targeted system.

Additionally, the update addresses several less serious flaws which could allow for local attackers to obtain user data and run denial of service attacks. The patch also fixes an error caused by a previous update.

The vulnerability affects the 6.06, 7.04, 7.10 and 8.04 releases of Ubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


 
 
 
Top Stories
NewSat defaults on $26m in overdue Lockheed payments
Jabiru-1 satellite build hits further hurdles.
 
IBM denies plans to cut 112k jobs
But admits to further restructuring.
 
ATO investigates 25 tech giants in tax hunt
Prepared to take tax evaders to court.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  36%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  9%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  14%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3052

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 970

Vote