Dirty Cow Linux vulnerability affects the Raspberry Pi – here’s how to fix it

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There is a security vulnerability affecting Linux at the moment called “Dirty Cow”. It affects the copy-on-write mechanism (hence the name) and can be very dangerous as it allows malicious hackers to take control of your computer or device, including the Pi. Thanks to the engineers at Raspberry Pi, there is already a fix available for our single board computers. To install it, do the following at the command prompt:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-kernel

Thanks to The MagPi for posting about this.

2 comments for “Dirty Cow Linux vulnerability affects the Raspberry Pi – here’s how to fix it

  1. Jörg
    25 October 2016 at 8:23 pm

    pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-kernel
    Paketlisten werden gelesen… Fertig
    Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut.
    Statusinformationen werden eingelesen…. Fertig
    E: Paket raspberrypi-kernel kann nicht gefunden werden.

    No package raspberrypi-kernel. Where’s the mistake?

  2. 27 October 2016 at 12:09 am

    “sudo apt-get” has been depreciated, “sudo apt update” and “sudo apt install raspberrypi-kernel” is the preferred method

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