Kernel exploits

Big panic in the Linux world after an article on Slashdot here alerted me to the fact that a 2-year old exploit had just been found in the Linux kernel. This only affects 64-bit (amd64) kernels, but the trouble is that all of my machines and virtual machines run a 64-bit kernel. Panic!! So, I spent a little while last night upgrading about 8 kernels, then rebooting them all, then finding out they wouldn’t start up again properly because of an error in another script, fix that…. all a bit painful. But it’s done now, and hopefully that’ll be the last emergency kernel patch I’ll need to for a while.