Bash Bug: The New Security Flaw That’s Way Worse Than Heartbleed

Published by Designzillas on September 25, 2014

“Bash Bug,” “Shellshock Bug…” whatever you call it, it’s here, and YOU need to know about it.

Remember Heartbleed? Remember how it was the worst thing the internet has ever seen? It looks like this one might be worse. Here’s the down and dirty:

The “Bourne-Again Shell” (hence, “bash”) is a tool that many operating systems, such as Linux, Unix, and Mac OS use to run line commands. Basically, it’s the “Matrix”-looking portal where you tell your computer to do something like “turn off” or “run Safari.” The Bash Bug opens this tool to anyone and makes it possible for hackers to enter commands over the internet, giving them control of your machine. And what’s worse? Many of your devices, not just your computers, use bash code. This means that hackers have the ability to control devices like your smartphones, tablets, security cameras, and even those fancy light bulbs you can command from a different zip code. And it affects bash code that’s as much as 25 years old, so when a patch comes out, some of your ancient devices may not be safe.

While Heartbleed affected millions of users, there is no telling how many people this could affect. The National Vulnerability Database gives it a 10 out of 10 on the “how much do I have to worry about this scale,” just to give you an idea.

What Can You Do?

There haven’t been any cases of this security flaw being executed…YET. But that doesn’t mean that you should ignore it. Be proactive! Patch your software as soon as an update is available. If you’re a technical user, you can visit this website to see if your device is vulnerable. For those of you who are less technical, wait for the security patches to come out, and UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE! It may be a pain, but it will be worth it in the long run.


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