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Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:16:20 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: CVE-2014-6271: remote code execution through bash

On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 04:05:51PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> Stephane Chazelas discovered a vulnerability in bash, related to how
> environment variables are processed: trailing code in function
> definitions was executed, independent of the variable name.
> In many common configurations, this vulnerability is exploitable over
> the network.
> Chet Ramey, the GNU bash upstream maintainer, will soon release
> official upstream patches.

More detail is already out:

Florian posted a Debian security advisory on this ([DSA 3032-1] bash
security update) to the debian-security-announce list, but somehow it is
not yet seen at:

(I guess it will be very soon.)

I've just confirmed that the issue can be exploited via OpenSSH setting

$ ssh -o 'rsaauthentication yes' 0 '() { ignored; }; /usr/bin/id' 
uid=500(sandbox) gid=500(sandbox) groups=500(sandbox)
Received disconnect from Command terminated on signal 11.

This is with command="set" in .ssh/authorized_keys for the key being
used.  (Without the "; /usr/bin/id" portion, the command prints the
environment variables, including SSH_ORIGINAL_COMMAND being the function
with just "ignored" in its body.)  As we can see, the command runs, and
moreover in this case bash happened to segfault after having run "id".

I see no good workaround.  Starting the forced command with "unset
SSH_ORIGINAL_COMMAND &&" does not help - we'd need to unset the variable
before starting bash, not from bash.

TERM is another attack vector, but IIRC sshd does not set TERM when
no-pty is used.  So, speaking of SSH forced commands, it appears to be
only SSH_ORIGINAL_COMMAND that we have no good workaround for.

Indeed, there are many other setups where the problem is exploitable,
not just SSH forced commands.


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