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New ‘Bash’ Software Could Be Bigger Than ‘Heartbleed’

Users are reporting a newly discovered security bug in the Linux Bash Software that could prove to be a bigger threat than ‘Heartbleed’ that was reported back in April 2014.

This long-standing ‘Bash’ command flaw has been found to leave users of Linux and OS X more susceptible to security attacsk. It allows hackers to run any code they desire through a common Unix command shell (called Bash), as soon as the shell starts running. It means the hacker can then gain control over any networked device that runs the Bash Software and can bypass any pre-set limits on the commands remote users can access.

Robert Graham posted to his Twitter profile an example of how the Bash software bug works on a Mac OS X. He went on to comment that “this ‘Bash’ bug is probably a bigger deal than Heartbleed”.

Although some companies have released patches for multiple Linux variants (CentOSRedhat and Debian) due to the age and ubiquity of the Bash software exploit, some older servers and other internet-connected devices won’t be fixed.

Engadget notes that “it’s hard to know exactly how far reaching the damage may be and that “it could take years before there’s no longer a significant threat”.

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