This is a few days stale. In all the excitement of starting a new job, I’m slow to get the good gossip!
From The Register:
The Linux kernel has been purged of a bug that gave root access to untrusted users – again.
The vulnerability in a component of the operating system that translates values from 64 bits to 32 bits (and vice versa) was fixed once before – in 2007 with the release of version 184.108.40.206. But several months later, developers inadvertently rolled back the change, once again leaving the OS open to attacks that allow unprivileged users to gain full root access.