Fresh off the heals of another Linux vulnerability discovered about a month ago, another flaw has been discovered. CVE-2016-8655 is a flaw that could allow a local user to gain root access privileges to the Linux operating system. This flaw effects almost every Linux distribution that is available.
A patch was released last week, so users are encouraged to patch their Linux distributions.
I always find Linux flaws to be of particular interest. I think Linux has that inherent stigma that it’s for “techies” and you have to be super technical to get it to work. And, I think part of that is true, Linux is probably more prevalent among the “techie” users. So, it always amazes me that flaws, like the one above are found 5 years later.