Linux kernel vulnerability behind Debian attack

    Date02 Dec 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The problem was discovered by Linux kernel developer Andrew Morton in September and was fixed in Version 2.4.23 of the kernel, but Linux distributors had been working to coordinate a release of a fix for the problem, said Dave Wreski, CEO . . . The problem was discovered by Linux kernel developer Andrew Morton in September and was fixed in Version 2.4.23 of the kernel, but Linux distributors had been working to coordinate a release of a fix for the problem, said Dave Wreski, CEO of Guardian Digital Inc., the vendor of a secure Linux distribution.

    "What all the hoopla is about is that Debian somehow let this patch that's been available for a month or two slip and got bitten by it," Wreski said.

    As of yesterday, patches that corrected the kernel bug had been issued for a number of Linux distributions, including Red Hat, Debian and Mandrake Linux.

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