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The Shell Shock Vulnerability

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by

The bad guys are unfortunately at it again. Today the Internet lit up with news of a new vulnerability, officially named “CVE-2014-6271,” but more widely-known as “Shell Shock,” a reference to the environment exploited, known as a shell.. The shell in question is called BASH, itself an acronym for Bourne Again SHell. Nearly all Linux servers in the world have BASH installed; it is the most common shell in use today. A shell itself is what is used to interact with the operating system via command line.

Before we proceed, you should know that all HostGator servers have been patched as of this writing. We identified the issue very early-on and developed the necessary solution for our environment. We are, of course, continuing to monitor the situation and will react appropriately should the need arise.

As with any security or vulnerability risk, it is important to reiterate the importance of practicing good security to the extent of your ability as an end user. Always use secure passwords (you know the drill: upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters), always keep any third-party scripts (such as WordPress, Joomla, etc.) up-to-date, and always uses the latest version of any software that you utilize… because the truth is that often software is updated strictly for security patch purposes.

Should the need arise, we will update this blog post accordingly. Otherwise, stay safe out there on the Interwebs!Try HostGator Today!

  • Ephraim Zeller
    25 September 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This is why you guys are the best – we have never had a security issue in all the years we have hosted with you. (and the amazing support … which ultimately seems related ;)

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
    -v satisfied customer

  • Steve
    26 September 2014 at 2:59 am

    Thanks – your being onto it is appreciated.

  • Andr√©
    26 September 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks guys!

  • Robert
    26 September 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for staying on top of things.

  • Youngboy
    27 September 2014 at 11:55 am

    I have dedicated hosting at HG so Does dedicated servers also patched ?

    • Michael Dickens II
      27 September 2014 at 2:18 pm

      There is no further work necessary. All updates were already completed for the network.