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Flaws raise red flag on Linux security

A report earlier this week about a critical flaw in the Linux kernel was the latest in a series of recently discovered security problems with the popular open-source operating system. But many users were unfazed by the report and say Linux remains a solid and secure environment for running enterprise applications. Poland-based iSec Security Research this week said it had found a critical flaw in a function used to manage virtual memory on Linux systems. The flaw affects the 2.2, 2.4 and 2.6 versions of the Linux kernel, according to iSec. The vulnerability could allow attackers to take administrative control of compromised systems and run attack code of their choice, an iSec advisory stated. ISec claimed that it had developed and successfully tested code that was capable of exploiting the flaw, although it added that actually launching such an attack wouldn’t be easy. Full Story

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