Sorry, but I totally agree with the original post. The title is "Ubuntu 0day world of hurt". The reality is "Ubuntu12.04, no privilege escalation". That is not a serious issue, and even the author acknowledges it, so please hush big boy.
The Author said: "I like to prove that vulnerabilities are not just theoretical—that they are actually exploitable to cause real problems,"
Care to share what you're basing your perspective off of? Mr Evan's actual detail *is* a long read and I fully admit I grazed it and may have missed something.
The main users of ubuntu 12.04 are mostly servers (so not likely to be affected) and the EOL is near anyway.
I'm going to presume you meant Ubuntu 16.04, and note that you're nitpicking on one of the two distributions highlighted. Regardless of the user spread between server and desktop (that was also noted in the article), are you implying that there's not enough Ubuntu 16.04 users to matter? That because it's near EOL, a zero-day exploit doesn't matter? There's exploits happening everyday that don't require privilege escalation, yet they frequently cost companies large amounts of money and time. Your definition of "serious" leaves much to be desired.