Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sorry, But There's Not Much You Can Do About 'Shellshock'

Posted By on Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

It's known as "BASH bug" or "shellshock" and there's no easy fix. But experts say the latest bug to sweep across the globe poses a serious threat to millions of computers and home Internet routers. BASH is an acronym for Bourne Again Shell, and its used in approximately 70 percent of web servers, routers and computers connected to the web.

The bug has made its way into a piece of system software called bash, which is used in a number of Unix-based systems, including Mac OS X and Linux. And the bug allows hackers to take control of the victim's computer. Apple confirmed that some Mac users who may have turned on advanced Unix services could be vulnerable and they're "working to quickly provide a software update."

"What can you do to protect yourself? Not a whole lot,"
writes the Huffington Post.

"There is little [users] can do to avoid the Shellshock bug other than to wait until companies patch the flaw," writes the Huffington Post. "Internet users can, however, make sure that they have antivirus software on their computers and that their computers have been updated with the latest security patches. If an infected website is spreading malware, it will try to embed itself in visitors' computers through a flaw in an unpatched program."

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