Android malware ZNIU exploits DirtyCOW vulnerability

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Android malware ZNIU exploits DirtyCOW vulnerability
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:21:35 AM »

Last year, we told you about DirtyCOW, a privilege escalation bug in the Linux kernel that allows ordinary users to turn themselves into all-powerful root users. It soon became clear that DirtyCOW didn’t just affect Linux running on Intel processors but was also exploitable on Android (a modified version of Linux) running on ARM chips too.

This raised the possibility of DirtyCOW being used to compromise phones and tablets.

SophosLabs has now found malware, dubbed ZNIU, that does exactly that.

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