Linux Root Vulnerability Undetected for 12 Yrs Has an effect on All Significant Distros

Stability researchers from Qualys have just found out a 12-yr-outdated Linux vulnerability that has remained undetected until finally now. The bug, dubbed PwnKit, will allow hackers to achieve total root privileges by an unprivileged consumer, many thanks to a memory corruption vulnerability in polkit’s pkexec. This is a SUID-root system put in on each and every significant Linux distro.

According to the scientists, Polkit is a element for controlling privileges in Unix-like functioning techniques, together with Linux distros. It effectively makes it possible for unprivileged procedures to communicate with privileged processes now operating. If you are an administrator (or root) you can also use Polkit to drive elevated commands if needed.