Bash Bug a Bigger Threat than Heartbleed, Experts Warn

Jeanette Helen Wilson

Published Mon 29 Sep by Jeanette Helen Wilson in Web News

Linux software users have been warned that a bug, if left unchecked, could see hackers taking over their operating system.

Cyber experts have warned that a recently discovered security bug found in Bash, a widely used element of Linux software, could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the Heartbleed bug that surfaced in April.

Bash software controls command prompts on numerous Unix computers. It is said that hackers could exploit a bug in Bash to take control of a targeted system.

Heartbleed, which took hold back in April, enabled hackers to spy on computers but not take control of them. This is why the Bash bug poses a stronger threat. According to Dan Guido, chief executive of the cybersecurity firm Trail of Bits.

“The method of exploiting this issue is also far simpler. You can just cut and paste a line of code and get good results,” he said.

The general advice is for computer users to obtain operating systems updates from software makers. 

1 Comment on Bash Bug a Bigger Threat than Heartbleed, Experts Warn

  • Left at 16:31 Davy Johnston

    Bash will pass without a ripple.

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