Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets can be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets can be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets

It is possible to crash network-facing Linux servers, PCs, smartphones and tablets, and gadgets, or slow down their network connections, by sending them a series of maliciously crafted packets. It is also possible to hamper FreeBSD machines with the same attack.

Given that Linux powers an incredible amount of stuff these days, anything from network or internet-connected TVs, routers, thermostats, light switches, CCTV cameras, and robot vacuum cleaners, to servers, PCs, Android and ChromeOS devices, smart fridges, dialysis machines, car infotainment systems, tractors, construction equipment, and uranium centrifuges, and so on, can be potentially brought to a halt by miscreants if vulnerable.

Strangers can ping some data to your device over the internet or network, and potentially crash it, in other words. Not great, not terrible; it's a rather big annoyance that could disrupt netizens if script kiddies start firing off waves of exploits.

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