Linux flaw exposes crash code threat

What is more alarming is the increasing number of security and stability exploits in an OS noted for being resistant to just that. As Linux gains a foothold, the attention of hackers will shift, and then we will see what it is truely made of.


  1. James Sumners says:

    Where to start… An operating system is only as safe as the person using it is willing to make it. Also, this is a kernel level exploit not a software level exploit. There is a difference as the OS is what communicates with the kernel which, for the most part, is GNU (hence Debian GNU/Linux OS). Speaking strictly on kernel level exploits Linux sees far fewer and far less of any consequence than Windows. That is not to say that this flaw is of not any consequence; if you are running a server that allows remote users to log in you should have applied a patch a long time ago – the patch was availble at the time of publishing and has been integrated in subsequent releases of the kernel (notably 2.6.7). There has not been a remote exploit for the Linux kernel published in a very long time and one does not seem to be looming either. Most of these bugs are a result of some overlooked code that does not check return values as well as it should and is subsequently being replaced as the code comes under scrutiny. That is what makes the "OS noted for being resistant" to "security and stablity exploits." Just browse through <a href="http://www.securityfocus.com/">Security Focus</a> and see how many remote exploits there are for Linux as opposed to Windows. I think you will find the number quite low for the former and quite high for the latter.


  2. Johnathon says:

    Windows r good3r3r!111!! 1337!!!11


  3. John says:

    Yeah, one in the last 2 months freaks me out too. That is almost 1/1000th of the exploits in the MS camp during the same period.


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