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USN-2380-1: Bash vulnerabilities

9 October 2014

Several security issues were fixed in Bash.



  • bash - The GNU Bourne Again SHell


Michal Zalewski discovered that Bash incorrectly handled parsing certain
function definitions. If an attacker were able to create an environment
variable containing a function definition with a very specific name, these
issues could possibly be used to bypass certain environment restrictions
and execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2014-6277, CVE-2014-6278)

Please note that the previous Bash security update, USN-2364-1, includes
a hardening measure that prevents these issues from being used in a
Shellshock attack.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 14.04
Ubuntu 12.04
Ubuntu 10.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.