A Tale of Two Root Exploits, and Why We Shouldn’t Panic

There’s no denying Linux is more secure than perpetually-patching Windows, but the past month or so has not provided an ideal demonstration. In August, we saw the arrival of a long-overdue fix for a kernel bug that was six years old; now, in the last week or so, it’s been not one but two root exploits causing a fuss. “Running 64-bit Linux? Haven’t updated yet? You’re probably being rooted as I type this,” was the introduction on Slashdot to CVE-2010-3081, the second such vulnerability to come to light in recent days.

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