[svlug-announce] SVLUG Oct. 1st meeting: Panel Discussion about the Shellshock Exploit

Rick Moen rick at svlug.org
Tue Sep 30 21:17:05 PDT 2014


Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 2014


TOPIC: Panel Discussion about the Shellshock Exploit

 A panel of speakers moderated by Kevin Dankwardt

Last Wednesday, news outlets broke the story that Stephane Chazelas 
discovered a vulnerability in the nearly ubiquitous GNU Bash command 
shell that is used by just about everyone, that is remotely exploitable in
many common configurations for anonymous persons to run arbitrary code 
using Bash's built-in 'function' feature, on Linux and other OSes where Bash
is present.

SVLUG's Kevin Dankwardt will moderate a discussion of the bug and its
exploit, to cover how the shell vulnerability works, how information about
exploitable bugs can be ethically discussed, how to determine whether a 
system is exposed to Shellshock attack, how to find and audit Bash scripts, 
how Linux distros and other affected OSes are reacting, remedies through 
appropriate use of other, less feature-laden Bourne shells such as dash, 
ash, mksh, and perhaps others, and other related topics.

Kevin Dankwardt, Ph.D. has been training engineers and administrators in
Linux for over fifteen years.  He does lots of embedded Linux work, among
other things.  He currently serves as VP of Technology at Open Source
Rick Moen is a longtime senior system administrator and member of SVLUG's
Web Team, and has been fooling with various Unixes since the 1980s.  Having
formerly been a technical employee at several Linux firms (Linuxcare, VA
Linux Systems, and California Digital Corp.) during decades past, he
stresses that it's not his fault and he has an alibi. 
(Other panelists are invited.)


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