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The Bash shell bug

Another week, another security flaw, and it’s a bad one this time. The Bash shell bug, as it’s being called, has been living in your enterprise’s Linux software for more than 20 years and can be found in every version of Linux up to 4.3. Affecting Linux and Mac OS X, the bug is also very versatile and can be exploited to take over any system.

The bug is so bad it was given a rating of 10 by US-CERTS National Vulnerability Database. (You really can’t get any higher than that, folks.)

So (sigh), as SearchCIO’s Fran Sales points out, it’s time to test and patch away. There are various Linux variants available that provide patches; Apple has yet to speak out and address the problem.

If you’re uncertain whether a particular system is vulnerable, Sales’ news roundup provides an easy command to detect whether the Bash shell bug is present.

In other news this week, a hacker stole customer data from Jimmy John’s restaurant, Apple has sold over 10 million iPhone 6 devices last weekend, UPS will be rolling out 3-D printing services at nearly 100 locations nationwide, and more in this week’s Searchlight.

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