This news might be forgotten or considered old given that there is a barrage of breach stories constantly hitting us. What exactly did Shellshock do? It took over a machine via remote code executions. Further research into this said it was just a line of compromised code in the Bash Unix shell, a free piece of software that is written over 70% of devices that connect to the Internet: servers, routers, computers, mobile phones, cameras and refrigerators.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology gave it a vulnerability rating of a full 10. An interesting piece of news on this is that while Heartbleed went undetected for 2 years, Shellshock went undetected for 22 years. Patches were applied within hours and a few days of discovering Shellshock to remediate the vulnerability.
What is the lesson here? Network Security is a must and it should go beyond just the basics.
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