Security Hole in Amazon's Kindle Touch Allowing Attacker to Execute Arbitrary Shell Commands As root

Security Hole in Amazon's Kindle Touch Allowing Attacker to Execute Arbitrary Shell Commands as root
Yet again another major security hole found in Amazon's Kindle Touch which could lead a attacker to run malicious codes and even can get root privilege. This hole has been found into the built in browser of Kindle Touch. The vulnerability is something follows - when a user navigates to a specially crafted web page, the Kindle will execute arbitrary shell commands as root. This allows attackers to access the eBook reader's underlying Linux system at the highest privilege level and potentially steal the access credentials for the Amazon account linked to the Kindle, or purchase books with the Kindle user's account.
Though Amazon have a solid excuse while saying  the Kindle browser has been considered to be in "beta" for more than a year, this status doesn't reduce the risk for inquisitive users as the software is installed on each device by default.  
We would like to give you reminder that, this security issue was publicly documented about three months ago but hasn't attracted much attention – except in the jailbreak community. The issue doesn't appear to affect any other Kindle models. Amazon's security department told heise Security that they are working on a patch. 

-Source (The-H)


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