Remote code execution bugs in Apport, an Ubuntu Linux default file handler, has opened a door to attacks and crashes.
If you, like me, use Ubuntu desktop, or one of its relatives such as Linux Mint, you have a bug to patch. Donncha O’Cearbhaill, an Irish security researcher, found a remote execution bug in Ubuntu. This security hole, which first appeared in Ubuntu 12.10, makes it possible for malicious code to be injected into your system when you open a booby-trapped file. This can be used to crash your system or run malware. It does not — a small blessing — enable attackers to become the root user.
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Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols