Friday, April 13, 2012

Zero-Day Exploit: WICD under Linux

This has been a bad week for computing systems.

  • Oracle Java exploit under Apple MacOSX, open and shut case.

  • Microsoft Zero-Day Exploit in nearly all applications, still somewhat open.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Windows, MacOSX and Linux), open and shut case.

  • Now a Linux Security issue, open and shut case.
WICD Linux Exploit

As published in the patch description.

Backtrack 5 R2 (the latest version) allowed the student to overwrite settings to gain a root shell. The flaw was found in wicd (the Wireless
Interface Connection Daemon)
What is WICD?

A network connection manager that aims to simplify wired and wireless networking in Linux.
If you are a wireless Linux user of WICD, get your patch.

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