Child’s Play: Hack any Linux computer by hitting backspace 28 times

Cyber Security team at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, found a new vulnerability in the Linux systems that can even be executed accidentally by hitting the backspace correctly 28 times. This ludicrously simple hack can be easily performed by anyone having a physical access to the system, but of no use to someone trying to build up remote access.

All of the major Linux distros, including Ubuntu, Red Hat, and CentOS, have now received the update for the flaw, and the operating systems are almost as secure as they were before. Technically speaking, all of the servers in the world, and a majority of computers running Linux distributions were totally fine with it as bad people would require a physical access to the machines for executing anything worse.

However, on the flip side, a perfectly secure software is a myth. No computer program ever made is free from the bugs, which can be executed to bring harm, it is only matter of time when the security researchers or bad guys find them.

Computer security nowadays is stronger than ever before, and a majority of the commonly used products and services are almost secure from the computer hackers trying to steal the information and cause loss to the people using those services.

However, there have been instances when even the most popular computer programs were compromised at an unimaginable scale. The HeartBleed SSL vulnerability made the server administrators worry a lot about the security and integrity of the servers.

Also, on the other front, many technologies that are slowly growing in the market are being compromised in the name of security research. Right after the Chrysler hack, many security researchers came forward with cars having issues that can allow anyone to hack and remotely control the vehicle. Tesla Model S was also among those that were compromised by the security researchers.