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    Linux Kernel Vulnerability

    Recently, it was announced that the linux kernel was discovered to be vulnerable to a local privilege escalation attack. Under certain conditions, a local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain root privileges. Local privilege escalation attacks can sometimes be used in blended attacks allowing remote attackers to take control of systems.

    Several exploits have been publicly released that attack this vulnerability.

    This vulnerability is not particularly unique. Researchers very regularly discover bugs in the linux kernel which can be exploited. And new kernels that include the security patch are already available for major linux distributions.

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