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 Debian locks out developers after server hack

The Debian GNU/Linux project has locked a number of its developers out of their system accounts following a security scare in which the hack of a key internal server was discovered this week.

 (Submitted by Harry McLane Mon Jul 17, 2006 )

  The lockout took place due to the fact a compromised developer account was used to take control of the server, according to an e-mail sent to the community by Debian developer Martin Schulze shortly before 4am today AEST.


"At least one developer account has been compromised a while ago and has been used by an attacker to gain access to the Debian server," Schulze wrote.


The developer said the attacker then used a recently discovered vulnerability in the Linux kernel to gain root -- or admin -- access on the server.


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