17-Yr-Old RCE Flaw Can Hack Several Linux Systems

    Date09 Mar 2020
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    The US-CERT has issued a security advisory warning users of a 17-year-old critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability that affects PPP (Point to Point Protocol Daemon) daemon software implemented in almost all Linux based operating systems. 

    The flaw, dubbed as CVE-2020-8597 with a 9.3 CVE score, was discovered by an IOActive security researcher, Ilja Van Sprundel. 

    The pppd (Point to Point Protocol Daemon) software is an implementation of Point-to-Point Protocol, which allows the communication and transfer of data between nodes, and is mainly used in the establishment of internet links over dial-up modems, DSL connections, and many other types of point-to-point links including Virtual Private Networks (VPN) such as Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP).

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