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Samba patch fixes critical vulnerability

Summary: Another system on the network could take root privileges on a vulnerable Samba client or server.

 

By Larry Seltzer for Zero Day | August 3, 2014

 

The latest in a recent series of updates to the Samba file system software fixes a critical vulnerability that could allow an attacker on the local network to take control of a host running a vulnerable version of the Samba nmbd NetBIOS name services daemon.

Samba is an open source implementation of the SMB/CIFS network file sharing protocol. SMB/CIFS is most famous as the protocol used in file sharing over Microsoft Windows networks, and Samba exists largely for non-Windows interoperability with those networks. nmbd is a server component of it which responds to NetBIOS requests over IP networks, associating NetBIOS names and IP addresses.

 

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