Critical Flaw Found in Linux Kernel’s File Sharing Component – Update Now!

CVSScvssV3_1: 9

A serious security flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s SMB server implementation called ksmbd. SMB, or Server Message Block, is the protocol used by Windows machines to share files, printers, and serial ports over networks.

The vulnerability exists in how ksmbd handles certain commands related to setting up network sessions. By exploiting a lack of proper locking, an attacker could potentially execute arbitrary code on the system with kernel privileges. Since the kernel has full access to the operating system and hardware, this would allow the attacker to completely compromise the machine.

Linux distributions that have ksmbd enabled are affected, including many desktop, laptop and server distributions. The vulnerability was assigned the identifier CVE-2023-32250 and has a CVSS score of 9 out of 10, meaning it is considered highly critical.

If you use a Linux system with file or printer sharing enabled to Windows machines, it is highly recommended to update your kernel as soon as updates are available from your Linux distribution provider. Applying the patch will prevent attackers from exploiting this flaw to take control of your computer remotely. You should also keep your system up to date with the latest security patches to protect against future vulnerabilities.