1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Attempted attack on Linux kernel foiled

Discussion in 'News' started by SimonV, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

    6,616
    151
    228
    [​IMG]<font size="3">Attempted attack on Linux kernel foiled</font>

    An unknown intruder attempted to insert a Trojan horse program into the code of the next version of the Linux kernel, stored at a publicly accessible database. Security features of the source-code repository, known as BitKeeper, detected the illicit change within 24 hours, and the public database was shut down, a key developer said Thursday. The public database was used only to provide the latest beta, or test version, of the Linux kernel to users of the Concurrent Versions System (CVS), a program designed to manage source code.

    The changes, which would have introduced a security flaw to the kernel, never became a part of the Linux code and, thus, were never a threat, said Larry McVoy, founder of software company BitMover and primary architect of the source code database BitKeeper. "This never got close to the development tree," he said. "BitKeeper is really paranoid about integrity, and it turns out that was key to finding this Trojan horse."

    Linus Torvalds, the original creator of Linux and the lead developer of the kernel, uses BitKeeper to keep track of changes in the core software for the operating system. On a daily basis, the software exports those changes to public and private databases other developers use.

    View: The full story
     
    Certifications: MOS Master 2003, CompTIA A+, MCSA:M, MCSE
    WIP: Keeping CF Alive...
porta2_tags:

Comments

    1. tripwire45
      tripwire45
      I wonder, if you could trace the origin of the trojan...would it be anywhere near Redmond, Washington? :twisted:
    2. Jakamoko
      Jakamoko
      Oh, you bitter cynic, Trip :!: :iagree
    3. flex22
      flex22
      Publicity Stunt, no doubt :!:
    4. tripwire45
      tripwire45
      And once again, the "Gatesmeister" goes down in flames. :ukliam2

    Share This Page