OK, next time a penguin head (like me) is bleeting on about the merits of Linux versus any other OS in the universe, take it with a pinch of salt - Linux has security scares too, you know!

A Linux bug was recently uncovered by a young Norwegian programmer that, when exploited by a simple C program, could crash most Linux 2.4 or 2.6 distributions running on an x86 architecture. "Using this exploit to crash Linux systems requires the (ab)user to have shell access or other means of uploading and running the program---like cgi-bin and FTP access," reports the discoverer, Øyvind Sæther.

Are we going to get a Linux virus next? Read on here.