RHEL 5 / 6 : bash (RHSA-2014:1294) (Shellshock)
Critical Nessus Plugin ID 79051
SynopsisThe remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.
DescriptionUpdated bash packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Extended Life Cycle Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 Long Life, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 Extended Update Support, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 Advanced Update Support, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Extended Update Support.
Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Critical security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.
The GNU Bourne Again shell (Bash) is a shell and command language interpreter compatible with the Bourne shell (sh). Bash is the default shell for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
A flaw was found in the way Bash evaluated certain specially crafted environment variables. An attacker could use this flaw to override or bypass environment restrictions to execute shell commands. Certain services and applications allow remote unauthenticated attackers to provide environment variables, allowing them to exploit this issue.
For additional information on the CVE-2014-6271 flaw, refer to the Knowledgebase article at https://access.redhat.com/articles/1200223
Red Hat would like to thank Stephane Chazelas for reporting this issue.
All bash users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.
SolutionUpdate the affected bash, bash-debuginfo and / or bash-doc packages.