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    Default New Linux Kernel Vulnerability Exploited

    Phoronix: New Linux Kernel Vulnerability Exploited

    Last month it was the X.Org Server with a noted security vulnerability and now this time around it's the Linux kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM3MjA

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    Time to update my 3.8.6 kernel.

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    Just updated to 3.8.12.
    And...it's interesting that Red Hat backported the bug...

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    It seems that the increasing linux popularity is bringing many of the risks which Windows suffer.

    I hope this trend of vulnerabilities always get fixed on time and a new era of linux viruses, worms, trojans, etc... don't fall on us.

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    These kind of things... History has taugh us again and again that software is inherently buggy (insecure?); it is simply to many 'variables' that it is virtually imposible to escape this reality. It doesn't matter how much effort is put on design, it doesn't matter whether it is Linux, Windows, Solaris, BSD, MINIX, Plan 9, AIX, MULTICS, it doesn't matter if it is 'direct' or managed code...
    I think that shifting away from this (apparently) natural issue about software in general requires something radical and essentially new. I hope to be able to see such thing materialize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergio View Post
    I think that shifting away from this (apparently) natural issue about software in general requires something radical and essentially new. I hope to be able to see such thing materialize.
    Yes, like having package manager and being opensource, very *radical* : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOne View Post
    It seems that the increasing linux popularity is bringing many of the risks which Windows suffer.

    I hope this trend of vulnerabilities always get fixed on time and a new era of linux viruses, worms, trojans, etc... don't fall on us.
    I would think secret services and cyber defense/war agencies are interested that operating systems are kept vulnerable. No matter if it's Linux, Windows, OS X or any popular smartphone OS.

    What if Microsoft, Oracle, Google, perhaps even Red Hat etc are infiltrated by CIA, NSA or cyber security agencies? And why would we think that they aren't.

    (related: The Flame Virus Have the CIA and NSA Infiltrated Microsoft?, Special Report: U.S. cyberwar strategy stokes fear of blowback)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brosis View Post
    Yes, like having package manager and being opensource, very *radical* : )
    The way OSS works helps people discover and fix vulnerabilities much faster than closed source OS (Windows)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepDayze View Post
    The way OSS works helps people discover and fix vulnerabilities much faster than closed source OS (Windows)
    This is true, DeepDayze. However, how many people ACTUALLY look at the code? Maybe the community is too confident about this, that ultimately there is hardly any practical difference between the open source vs closed source model when it comes to security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergio View Post
    This is true, DeepDayze. However, how many people ACTUALLY look at the code? Maybe the community is too confident about this, that ultimately there is hardly any practical difference between the open source vs closed source model when it comes to security.
    people inside novell and redhat do, they are paid to do it

    not to mention the uncountable independent contractors hired for managing code

    the code is being looked at

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