In the internet age, virus and bugs have become a common affair now. The internet security experts have come up with a new set of warning about a new programming flaw called the “Bash Bug”.
According to the security experts, the bug is posing serious threat to millions of computers and other devices including home Internet routers. The experts said that the systems running on factory floors and power plants could also be affected by the bug.
The virus has intruded into a piece of system software known as BASH. The system is used in a number of Unix-based systems, such as Linux and Mac OS X. Experts say the bug will also allow hackers to take control of the computer of the victim.
A report on Huffington Post reads:
“The users can do very little to avoid the Shellshock bug other than to wait until companies patch the flat. The internet users must make sure that they have a updated antivirus software on their PCs with the latest security patches. If an infected website is spreading malware, it will try to embed itself in visitors’ computers through a flaw in an unpatched program.”
In such a condition, is it the time to panic or have patience? The experts talk about the latest security scare, what it is and how much harm it can make and how to get rid of it?
What is the Bash Bug?
The bash bug, is also known as Shellshock. It is placed in a commonly used piece of Bash system software that has been around since 1989. It has been is use on a variety of Unix-based systems, including Mac OS X and Linux. There are many devices that use Unix in some form. They include routers, several servers, Mac computers, Android phones, medical devices and the computers creating bitcoins. The systems that are running power plants and municipal water systems could also be affected by the bug. The security experts, however, recommend systems with disconnected Internet to avoid their exposure to such risks.
Is Bash bug a threat now?
Currently, the Bash Bug does not appear to be more threatening to the tech world as it is presently a potential nuisance than a major threat. In the current scenario, the Bash Bug makes allows easy access to hackers to the Mac computer that are running on a public Wi-Fi network. Another major security problem may be the online theft of user data, passwords stored in databases. The Bash Bug could also cause massive damage if it is used in creating an Internet worm, which can bog down the Internet and even cause inaccessibility of some services if they reached to the pandemic proportions. At this point, a worm feeding on the Bash Bug looms as a theoretical threat.
Security experts say in order to get rid of such bugs or lessen their risk, the users should not share their personal information including account numbers, user names and passwords as preventionary measures.