This news story is a very old story from the late 1990s about the pathankot attack. It is one of my favorite stories because I think it shows how we can learn more about ourselves through news and how we can avoid being caught in the cross-hairs of the news media.
The pathankot attack was a serious attack on a group of scientists in India. The scientists were researching a virus that causes paralysis. They were able to disable the virus, but the virus still grew inside the scientists. One of the scientists was killed and another man was severely incapacitated. The man who was severely incapacitated was able to call for help and the other man was able to reach the scientists. However, he was forced to leave the lab.
The scientists were able to take out the virus by using a sophisticated weapon. For example, they were able to disable the virus with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). But they were also able to kill the other scientist by disabling the virus’s ability to reproduce.
To put it bluntly, the virus attacks are pretty good. At least they’re not full of bugs. But what’s really interesting about this is that Pathankot is a brand new IP address. So the virus has to find a new host to attack.
The reason this is interesting is that with the advent of the internet, every bit of computing power has been made available to the public. The virus has a choice of what host it wants to target. With the new IP address, anyone can attack the lab and get the virus. But it has to go to the right IP address, which is what makes it more difficult.
pathankot is pretty hard to find because it was first spotted as a Windows vulnerability in August 2010. The first public warning came in March 2011. Since then, there have been some vulnerabilities found, but none of them are in the public domain. It’s interesting that the pathankot virus appears to have found its way to the Linux kernel (aka. the kernel), which is a big deal.
We have to thank Dr. Peter Diamandis of Red Hat for his work in patching this vulnerability. His patch, which is now active, was a one-time fix and as such has been applied to all Red Hat Enterprise Linux distributions. He also had to update the Red Hat security team, but they were not able to find any vulnerabilities since he just applied the patch to all distributions.
The virus was first spotted by John Hall in 2010. This is a great example of how the kernel community, and hackers in general, has grown to be a very large and active community. So it is no surprise that the kernel is also vulnerable to this attack, although the kernel is not the only vulnerable part of the Linux system.
The attack has been called the most serious in the past couple of years and is the first in a series of attacks that will be called ‘pathankot’ attacks, meaning that the hackers will target systems using the Linux kernel’s path-based addressing. In the past these attacks have been used to exploit memory errors, but since the kernel is not the only affected part of the Linux system, the path-based addressing will be the only way to exploit it.
Path-based addressing allows the kernel to directly address hardware without being redirected to an address space that is protected by a page table. This is used in a number of ways, but the most important part is that it allows an attacker to directly address memory without having to use page tables. Since the Linux kernel does not have a page table, the page tables are not used.