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Ubuntu fixes bugs that standard users could use to become root

A handful of commands was all it took for untrusted users to become all-powerful.

Ubuntu developers have fixed a series of vulnerabilities that made it easy for standard users to gain coveted root privileges.

“This blog post is about an astonishingly straightforward way to escalate privileges on Ubuntu,” Kevin Backhouse, a researcher at GitHub, wrote in a post published on Tuesday. “With a few simple commands in the terminal, and a few mouse clicks, a standard user can create an administrator account for themselves.”


Courtesy of Ars Technica

Article Author: Dan Goodin