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Linux kernel flaw endangers millions of PCs, servers and Android devices

Lucian Constantin | Jan. 20, 2016
The vulnerability could allow malicious apps or hackers to gain root access from a limited account.

CPU-based protections like Supervisor Mode Access Prevention (SMAP) and Supervisor Mode Execution Protection (SMEP), or features like SELinux on Android can make exploiting this vulnerability harder, but there are ways to bypass such mitigations, Pats said.

Perception Point is not aware of any attack exploiting this vulnerability in the wild, but the company believes that computers emergency response teams and larger security vendors might be in a better position to discover if such attacks have happened.


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