(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A new security vulnerability has been found in the popular Bash software used by Linus and Unix users, with many security experts saying this bug could be worse than “Heartbleed.”
Reuters reported that the bug is used to control access to the command line interface on Unix computer systems.
Dan Guido of cyber security firm Trail of Bits noted that this newly discovered bug is much different from Heartbleed due to its ability to allow hackers complete control of targeted computer systems, rather than in Heartbleed where hackers were only able to spy on computers.
“The method of exploiting this issues is also far simpler. You can just cut and past a line of code and get good results,” said Guido.
“Using this vulnerability, attackers can potentially take over the operating system, access confidential information, make changes, et cetera,” stated security firm Rapid7’s engineering manager Tod Beardsley. “Anybody with systems using Bash needs to deploy the patch immediately.”
The Department of Homeland Security Emergency Reediness Team stated that Unix operating systems such as Linus and Apple Mac OS X could be affected by the vulnerability.