3 Ways to Make Sure Campus IT Systems Get a Passing Grade This School Year

School is back in session for colleges and universities, meaning your campus is swarming with waves of device-toting students and staff running bandwidth-hungry applications. And like Scotty onboard the starship Enterprise (“She cannae take much more captain!”), IT managers have to get more out of an academic network that’s already being pushed to the limit.

Bash vulnerability

We've been made aware of a major OS level security vulnerability in bash. Details are available at https://access.redhat.com/articles/1200223

The issue is that a specially crafted environment variable can contain arbitrary commands that could be executed. This will confirm if you are vulnerable or not:

$ env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
this is a test

If you are vulnerable, the "vulnerable" text will be displayed.


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