Archive for the tag 'Exploit'

Dirty COW (CVE-2016-5195) is a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux Kernel.

A race condition was found in the way the Linux kernel’s memory subsystem handled the copy-on-write (COW) breakage of private read-only memory mappings.


  • An unprivileged local user could use this flaw to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and thus increase their privileges on the system and gain root access instantly.
  • This flaw allows an attacker with a local system account to modify on-disk binaries, bypassing the standard permission mechanisms that would prevent modification without an appropriate permission set.

It’s highly recommended to patch the system kernel in all Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS and RHEL distros to prevent system breakage.

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ProFTPD Remote Code Execution Vulnerability and Exploit

A flaw in the popular ProFTPD FTP server potentially allows unauthenticated attackers to compromise a server. The problem is caused by a buffer overflow in the pr_netio_telnet_gets() function for evaluating TELNET IAC sequences.

ProFTPD bug report:

Fixes for the vulnerabilty and exploit.

Parallels has used its micro-update patch functionality in Plesk 9.5x, Plesk 10, and Small Business Panel 10.2 to fix this exploit. You can run the Parallels AutoInstaller to fix this or check the Updates section of your Plesk Panel 9.5x, Plesk 10, or Small Business Panel 10.2 to fix this. This is a file-replace, as opposed to a new install so it will be quick and reliable. To find this in the GUI:

Parallels Plesk Panel 10.x: “Server Management” -> “Tools & Utilities” -> “Updates” -> “Update Components” -> click “Continue”