GNU Bash Environment Variable Handling Code Injection via ProFTPD (Shellshock)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 77986


The remote FTP server is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The remote FTP server is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability due to an error in the Bash shell running on the remote host. A remote, unauthenticated attacker can execute arbitrary code on the remote host by sending a specially crafted request via the USER FTP command. The 'mod_exec' module exports the attacker-supplied username as an environment variable, which is then evaluated by Bash as code.


Apply the referenced patch.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 77986

File Name: proftpd_bash_injection.nasl

Version: 1.29

Type: remote

Family: FTP

Published: 9/30/2014

Updated: 1/16/2024

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.4


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2014-6271


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9.4

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:gnu:bash, cpe:/a:proftpd:proftpd

Excluded KB Items: global_settings/supplied_logins_only

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Exploited by Nessus: true

Patch Publication Date: 9/24/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/24/2014

CISA Known Exploited Vulnerability Due Dates: 7/28/2022

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Metasploit (Qmail SMTP Bash Environment Variable Injection (Shellshock))

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169

BID: 70103, 70137

CERT: 252743

IAVA: 2014-A-0142