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Bug puts Linux-based charity systems at risk

Researchers have uncovered a flaw in a commonly used computer code library that may make devices vulnerable to malware.

Google’s security team and Red Hat found the bug, which could make Linux-based apps and Internet of Things (IoT) devices vulnerable to malicious attacks when performing domain name lookups.

In a blog post Google says the vulnerability was found in the GNU C Library, often referred to as glibc, which provides developers with open source code that can be used as the foundation of an app.

The maintainers of glibc have confirmed that the bug has since been patched.


Potential problems

Experts state that, because Linux is the foundation operating system for many smart and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which aren’t updated as often as laptops, PCs and smartphones, the vulnerability may be difficult to eradicate.

Google therefore recommends that you should definitely update if you are on an older version and if the vulnerability is detected, machine owners may wish to take steps to mitigate the risk of an attack.

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