‘Bash bug could be worse than Heartbleed’: ‘Catastrophic’ flaw may threaten the security of millions of internet-connected devices

Warnings have been issued about a ‘catastrophic’ security flaw affecting one of the most important interfaces powering the web.
Known as the ‘Bash’ bug, the flaw could be ‘bigger than Heartbleed’ which put every computer user at risk earlier this year.
Experts claim the bug may pose a serious threat to computers using Unix-based operating systems including Linux and Apple’s Mac OS X – and in turn, could spread to all internet-connected devices.

Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Unix computers, and the bug can exploit it to take complete control of a system.
Linux is used in everything from cars to cameras, as well as the Raspberry Pi, and the bug could also affect Android, Windows and IBM machines.
‘The impact is very severe, it’s not overstating it to say it’s a more serious bug than Heartbleed,’ Professor Tim Watson, Director of the Cyber at Warwick University told MailOnline.
‘The primary way this is going to be exploited is through the web… a hacker can use the bug to put malicious things on the website or to steal information, like banking details.’
The bug, which also goes by the name ‘Shellshock’, could potentially allow hackers to gain access to every internet-enabled device in a person’s home using something as innocuous as a smart lightbulb.

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