Perceprion Point cyber security experts have discovered a new, very serious vulnerability in the Linux kernel. It poses a threat not only to servers and home computers running on the Linux platform, but also to 66 percent of all Android devices.
Vulnerability CVE-2016-0728 is present in kernel 3.8, which was released in 2013. In the case of computers, hackers open the path to the server and gain administrator privileges. The same goes for Android-based smartphones since version 4.4 KitKat up, where a hacker with a malicious application can take control of the entire device and its features.
According to experts at Perceprion Point, the vulnerability threatens tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers and about 66 percent of all Android devices, which gives a huge amount of hardware, as currently there are around 1.4 billion smarphones and tablets running it.