Follow @Openwall on Twitter for new release announcements and other news
[<prev] [next>] [<thread-prev] [thread-next>] [day] [month] [year] [list]
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:58:46 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: Linux kernel futex local privilege escalation

On Fri, Jun 06, 2014 at 05:43:28PM +0200, 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.


Powered by blists - more mailing lists

Please check out the Open Source Software Security Wiki, which is counterpart to this mailing list.

Confused about mailing lists and their use? Read about mailing lists on Wikipedia and check out these guidelines on proper formatting of your messages.