DirtyCOW Linux Kernel Vulnerability

A vulnerability called the DirtyCOW has been disclosed for all Linux systems, but is especially problematic for multi-user systems, that allows attackers to locally gain escalated privileges for the affected system. Multi-user Linux systems should be prioritised for patching ahead of other systems such as application servers. DirtyCOW is a vulnerability in Linux’s copy-on-write (COW) mechanism that permits unprivileged overwriting of what should otherwise be privileged memory-mapped files.



CVE Number

This issue has been assigned CVE-2016-5195.

Recommended Action for Linux Machines

Please update to the latest patch from the following vendors:

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