An anonymous coder nearly hacked a big chunk of the internet. How worried should we be?

14 April 2024 | 12:42 Code : 42846 news
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An anonymous coder nearly hacked a big chunk of the internet. How worried should we be?

Outside the world of open-source software, it’s likely few people would have heard about XZ Utils, a small but widely used tool for data compression in Linux systems. But late last week, security experts uncovered a serious and deliberate flaw that could leave networked Linux computers susceptible to malicious attacks.

The flaw has since been confirmed as a critical issue that could allow a knowledgeable hacker to gain control over vulnerable Linux systems. Because Linux is used throughout the world in email and web servers and application platforms, this vulnerability could have given the attacker silent access to vital information held on computers throughout the world – potentially including the device you’re using right now to read this.

https://theconversation.com/an-anonymous-coder-nearly-hacked-a-big-chunk-of-the-internet-how-worried-should-we-be-227143

Major software vulnerabilities, such as the SolarWinds hack and the Heartbleed bug, are nothing new – but this one is very different.

 

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