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Decade-old flaw could affect Linux, Macs

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Patches have been released for file-networking protocol software, Samba, revealing that the software, which is used extensively in Macs and Linux, has been subject to a critical vulnerability for almost a decade.

The security advisory released by the Samba team reveals that the vulnerability makes it possible for a remote, unauthenticated user to send a specially crafted remote procedure call that will create multiple buffer overflows in the Samba server. This would allow a malicious user to crash the service, or possibly execute arbitrary code with root user privileges.

The most recent stable release of Samba prior to the patch, version 3.6.3, is susceptible.

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