The Linux “Grinch” Vulnerability: Separating Fact From FUD

Recently, a security firm reported what they claimed to be a flaw with a major impact on organizations running Linux. (And apparently since all the rage these days is to give bugs code names, they pre-seeded the market with this timely one: “grinch”).

Linux software bugs have been huge this year, leaving administrators reeling to patch themselves from Shellshock, Heartbleed, POODLE, etc. With claims that this vulnerability could have an impact similar to Shellshock, I really wanted to dive into what the “grinch” bug means in order to separate the fact from the FUD.

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