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Researchers found an easy-to-exploit vulnerability in Snap, a universal application packaging and distribution system developed for Ubuntu but available on multiple Linux distributions. The flaw allows a low-privileged user to execute malicious code as root, the highest administrative account on Linux.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-44731, is part of a series of flaws that researchers from security firm Qualys found in various Linux components while investigating the security of Snap. This latest one, along with a separate issue tracked as CVE-2021-44730, are in snap-confine, the tool responsible for setting up Snap application sandboxes.

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