Kernel security flaw??

geoffrey froner geoffrey.froner at
Sun Feb 24 21:47:32 UTC 2008

I saw the following report at the Gentoo site.  Not being an expert with
Linux, I am at a loss to understand the impact.  Is this something Ubuntu
users need be concerned?  Is there already a patch for this problem?

"Two *major security flaws in the Linux kernel* were reported last weekend.
Both flaws have the same impact (*root access for local users*) and both
exist within the vmsplice() system call, which was added to the kernel in
2.6.17. There is no configuration option to exclude vmsplice() so *everyone
is vulnerable."


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