Shellshock - is your site vulnerable?
Bugger, just wrote a blog post and lost it, so lets try again!
Things are definitely not going to plan at the moment. I have had no time to work on WA as work keeps getting in the way. I just spent over 5 hours trying to sort out broken email on a client's iPad and iPhone. Very frustrating and still unresolved! It worked fine when I set it up on my Samsung S4! I think it is the 3G connection that is the problem.
Anyway, back to the post heading!
Millennium and Heartbleed
I am sure most of you have fond memories of the Millennium Bug and some may even have heard of the Heartbleed Bug. Although completely different in many ways both had something in common, and that is our mass media's fixation with the end of the World and how computers and the Internet are going to facilitate it!
OK, so the World did not end at 00:00 on 31/12/99, and it did not end a few months back when the Heartlbleed bug was released either.
But wait, we now have another opportunity to end the World!
Just recently the media has been getting all worked up about the Shellshock Bug, maybe this will prove them right and maybe the World will end this time! Don't these people realise that if they are right there will be no one left for them to brag to!
Sorry, getting a bit off topic there.
What is it
As an end-user of the Internet, just like with the Heartbleed bug there is nothing we can do about the Shellshock bug and we do not need to lose any sleep over it.
However, as Internet Markers with our own website we do need to be worried.
Without getting too technical here, there is a security risk in the Bash Shell which is a major part of all Linux distributions (the OS that run the majority of web servers). All of our WA websites will use the Bash Shell and are therefore potentially vunerable.
To be honest I am not certain what could happen but I do know how you can check for the vulnerability and what to do if you have it!
There is a Plug-In for this, just like there is for everything else!
Go to your plugins page, Add New, search for Sheelchock and install and activate the plugin. Next go to Settings, Shellshock and click on Run Test.
I have checked 3 of my sites and only one is vulnerable and that is my WA site!
So now over to Kyle and Carson as we can't fix it!
Sorry if this isn't up to my usual standard but I am tired and stressed out thanks to iPads and iPhones and email!