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Linux has finally patched a serious vulnerability that existed in the operating system for almost a decade.
Ars Technica reports that the “privilege-escalation vulnerability” known as CVE-2016-5195 or Dirty Cow has been patched in the main kernel code, but it affected most versions of the open-source OS for nine years. A privilege-escalation bug allows a hacker to gain greater control over a target computer that it previously only had a small sliver of access to.
H/T Ars Technica