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Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:35:41 -0600
From: Eric Blake <>
To: Hanno Böck <>,
        Chet Ramey <>
CC: Tavis Ormandy <>, Florian Weimer <>,
        Michal Zalewski <>,
        Solar Designer <>,
Subject: Re: CVE-2014-6271: remote code execution through bash

On 09/27/2014 11:22 PM, Hanno Böck wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:39:19 -0400
> Chet Ramey <> wrote:
>> OK, here are the more-or-less final versions of the patches for
>> bash-2.05b through bash-4.3.  I made two changes from earlier today:
>> the function export suffix is now `%%', which is not part of a the
>> set of valid variable name characters but avoids any potential
>> problems with including shell metacharacters in the name; and this
>> version refuses to import shell functions whose name contains a
>> slash, for reasons I discussed earlier.
> From what I can see your official patches still don't contain the
> out-of-bound memory fixes.

Correct, because those patches aren't official yet.  But at the same
time, the out-of-bounds bugs can no longer be used as a remote exploit
vehicle, because the official patch 4.3.27 (and friends) guarantee that
arbitrary values no longer call into the parser.

> While not exposing the parser to random variables should shield that
> somewhat and reduce impact, they still should be fixed and the redhat
> patch looks pretty straightforward.

I'm sure Chet has plans to post more official patches in the coming week.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
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