Two children managed to crash the screensaver of the Linux Mint distribution by randomly typing the keys on the virtual keyboard of the system.
© 01net.com Two children discover a loophole in Linux Mint by typing randomly on their father’s PC keyboard
What happens when two children play with their father’s computer? They manage to bypass the screensaver lock system! This is what happened with the children of a user of Linux Mint, a popular distribution of the famous operating system.
With the agreement of their father, the two children attempted to hack the system while it was locked on its screensaver. Their technique? Type on any key on the keyboard, as well as on the virtual keyboard on the touch screen. Chance made them press the ē key on the virtual keyboard, which caused the screensaver to crash and gave access to the computer.
This bug normally crashes the Cinnamon GUI of Linux Mint, which contains the virtual keyboard, except when the screensaver is activated. In this case, it is the screen saver that crashes and thus gives access to the system desktop.
The father, who wishes to remain anonymous, passed the bug on to the developers who quickly created a fix to prevent the problem from recurring.