Re: Linux kernel doesn't do too badly with this intractable problem
"The kernel is only one area where this problem exists and is probably not the best option for exploitation."
Thing is, the kernel is among the lowest level of software available out there. Below that and you're going firmware or even hardware (and it should be noted even they're being targeted and exploited too, which may render this whole exercise moot). Pwn a kernel, pwn a system, essentially, so it's a high-value target.