Major Linux distributions, from Red Hat to Debian, are vulnerable to three bugs in systemd, a Linux initialisation system and service manager in widespread use, California-based security company Qualys said late yesterday.
These could be used by a malevolent party to crash systems and potentially steal data, the company said in a System of a Down-themed security advisory. (We anticipate a Lonely Day or two for IT admins…)
The finding is grist to the mill of systemd critics: one describes the system (in widespread use since 2015) as a “monumental increase in complexity, a slap in the face to the Unix philosophy, and its inherent domineering and viral nature turns it into something akin to a “second kernel” that is spreading all across the Linux ecosystem.
“To the best of our knowledge, all systemd-based Linux distributions are vulnerable” they emphasised, (bar, well, SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, openSUSE Leap 15.0, and Fedora 28 and 29, as their user space is compiled with GCC’s-fstack-clash-protection).
Patches from those affected are understood to be pending.
The company said it had sent an advisory to Red Hat Product Security on November 26 last year; an advisory and patches to linux-distros[at]openwall on December 26 last year and published its release on January 9, 2019.
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