Shellshock CVE-2014-6271

In these days, the news about ShellShock have scared many Linux-Sysadmin, but what is exactly ShellShock?
Shellshock (CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169) is an vulnerability in GNU’s bash shell that gives attackers access to run remote commands on a vulnerable system.

If your system has not updated bash in the last 24 hours, you’re most definitely vulnerable and have been since first boot. This security vulnerability affects versions 1.14 (released in 1994) to the most recent version 4.3 according to NVD.
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Testing Your System

Exploit 1 (CVE-2014-6271)

There are a few different ways to test if your system is vulnerable to shellshock. Try running the following command in a shell.

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

If you see “Vulnerable” you need to update bash. Otherwise, you should be good to go.

Exploit 2 (CVE-2014-7169)

Even after upgrading bash you may still be vulnerable to this exploit. Try running the following code.

env X='() { (a)=>\' sh -c "echo date"; cat echo

If the above command outputs the current date (it may also show errors), you are still vulnerable.

If you’ve tested your sytem, please leave a comment below. Don’t forget to include your bash version and what OS you’re running. Type bash --version for bash, and cat /etc/release for your OS.

Anyway: be the nice guy: () { :;}; /bin/bash -c “echo updatingbash”; /bin/apt-get update&&apt-get upgrade (via @0xerror)