Sunday, May 16, 2021

Linux Kernel Point Release Fixes Flaws

It’s a familiar refrain. A new Linux kernel is released and a short time
later it’s augmented by a point release that addresses a potential security
vulnerability.

The new 2.6.16.1 Linux kernel point release follows the 2.6.16 release by a week and includes various bug fixes, as well as a fix for a
potential security vulnerability.

The potential vulnerability is called the “Linux Kernel IP ID Value
Increment Weakness” by security firm Secunia and carries a “not-critical” rating.

The “weakness” could have potentially
allowed for unauthorized system information disclosure, as well as a security
restriction bypass. The problem is due to an error in the
“ip_push_pending_frames()” function, which has been corrected in the new
point release.

This article was first published on InternetNews.com. To read the full article, click here.

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