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Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:58:46 -0400
From: Rich Felker <dalias@...c.org>
To: oss-security@...ts.openwall.com
Subject: Re: Linux kernel futex local privilege escalation
 (CVE-2014-3153)

On Fri, Jun 06, 2014 at 05:43:28PM +0200, rf@...eap.de wrote:
>     Greg> There is someone still maintaining 3.12-stable, why not rely
>     Greg> on those releases if you want that kernel version, instead of
>     Greg> rolling your own?
> 
> We thankfully do rely on that as our base. In this case though, the
> patches haven't been ported until this moment. And I can't wait for them
> to appear since there is no time-line when that will happen ...

Indeed. This is probably the biggest security flaw in Linux in the
past 5 years (if not the biggest ever) since it allows a full kernel
compromise even from extremely tight sandboxes. In my opinion, the way
the announcement was handled was really unprofessional. There should
have been fixes prepared for, and/or committed into the git repos for,
all currently maintained releases/branches at the time of the
announcement. Anything else leaves everybody but users of the big
mainstream distros scrambling to figure out how to get a
non-vulnerable kernel that's compatible with their current setups.

Rich

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