How one volunteer stopped a backdoor from exposing Linux systems worldwide

  • How one volunteer stopped a backdoor from exposing Linux systems worldwide

    Posted by Gatherer  on April 2, 2024 at 8:29 PM

    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

    Linux, the most widely used open source operating system in the world, narrowly escaped a massive cyber attack over Easter weekend, all thanks to one volunteer.

    The backdoor had been inserted into a recent release of a Linux compression format called XZ Utils, a tool that is little-known outside the Linux world but is used in nearly every Linux distribution to compresses large files, making them easier to transfer. If it had spread more widely, an untold number of systems could have been left compromised for years.

    And as Ars Technica

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