A recent exploit known as Dirty Cow has been discovered that affects Linux servers. You can find information regarding this exploit at;

At this time if you have KernelCare your server should already be patched. To check that kernelcare has patched your server you can run the following command.

/usr/bin/kcarectl --info 

Your server is patched if see a kernel update that was built on either October 21st or 22nd depending on your OS.

If you do not have KernelCare but wish to add it to your server you can do so by following the instructions here-

There is no patch for CentOS at this time. When a patch is available we will push the patch to all of our managed customers and update this article accordingly. Once we do push the patch each customer will still need to reboot their server themselves for the patch to be effective.

Please follow the instructions below to check and patch your server for this vulnerability.

Check Vulnerability


To find out if your server is affected, check your kernel version.

uname -rv

You’ll see output like this:

4.4.0-42-generic #62-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 23:11:45 UTC 2016 

If your version is earlier than the following, you are affected:

  • 4.8.0-26.28 for Ubuntu 16.10
  • 4.4.0-45.66 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • 3.13.0-100.147 for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • 3.2.0-113.155 for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • 3.16.36-1+deb8u2 for Debian 8
  • 3.2.82-1 for Debian 7
  • 4.7.8-1 for Debian unstable


If you’re on CentOS, you can use this script provided by RedHat to test your server’s vulnerability. To do so, first download the script.


Then run it with bash.


If you’re vulnerable, you’ll see output like this:

Your kernel is 3.10.0-327.36.1.el7.x86_64 which IS vulnerable.

If your version is earlier than the following, you are affected

  • 2.6.32-642.6.2 for CentOS 6
  • 3.10.0-327.36.3 for CentOS 7

Fix Vulnerability


Update and upgrade your packages using apt-get.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

You’ll need to reboot your server to apply the changes.

sudo reboot

CentOS 6.x and 7.x (no patch available for Cent 5.x at this time)

To Patch:

yum update -y 

Test if new kernel is loaded correctly:

Your kernel is 3.10.0-327.36.3.el7.x86_64 which is NOT vulnerable.

If you have any questions regarding your server or would like our assistance please open a trouble ticket at

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