A nasty local kernel vulnerability
Posted Feb 27, 2013 11:00 UTC (Wed) by aggelos
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An individual with 1 computer cannot be exploited at a massive scale. Indeed, even if exploitation of many individuals - at a massive scale - occurs, the risk to any 1 individual may still be minimal.
The economics changed for the attackers, allowing them greater scale. However, it hasn't really changed the economics for each individual or even businesses, in the main. What khim wrote stands for them.
Sigh. Being able to attack at a massive scale (and being able to easily monetize exploited systems) makes writing an exploit way more attractive to a group of skilled people with no qualms about how to make money (nevermind the power trip factor). That means that any individual's chance of getting owned is significantly higher than if mass exploitation wasn't possible. Therefore mass exploitation changes the economics of a cost/benefit analysis. QED.
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