The lowdown on Shellshock

Published on October 2, 2014

The lowdown on Shellshock - Use IT Computers


You might have heard of Heartbleed? Well Shellshock is the new kid on the block – and could be a potential threat to millions of computers.

It’s being likened to Heartbleed – a major flaw in security software used by pretty much all of the internet – Shellshock is just as widespread, and can be used to cause even more problems.

The lowdown on Shellshock - Use IT ComputersWhat is Shellshock?

Shellshock was discovered on 12th September 2014 by Unix specialist Stephane Chazelas. Shellshock allows hackers to comandeer a vulnerable machine, steal data, shut down networks and cause similarly devastating problems.

Hours after news of Shellshock broke, security researchers detected evidence of hackers trying to exploit it. The National Institute of Standards and Technology rated Shellshock as a 10 on a 10 point severity scale – which is pretty shocking when you consider that Heartbleed was only rated a 5.

What can I do?

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