Linux zero-day affects most Androids, millions of Linux PCs

Further woe for Linux and Android.
By Maria Korolov
A new zero-day vulnerability has been discovered that allows Android or Linux applications to escalate privileges and gain root access, according to a report released this morning by Perception Point.
“This affects all Android phones KitKat and higher,” said Yevgeny Pats, co-founder and CEO at security vendor Perception Point. Any machine with Linux Kernel 3.8 or higher is vulnerable, he said, including tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers, both 32-bit and 64-bit.
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