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Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:22:49 +0200
From: Hanno Böck <>
To: Riot <>
Subject: Re: Shellshock timeline (was: CVE-2014-6271: remote
 code execution through bash)

Am Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:19:06 +0100
schrieb Riot <>:

> We then worked further back in time, unearthing bash 1.08.2 on an
> ancient 1991 Atari ST image:
>  This was also
> vulnerable.  This version is relevant because the first version of
> bash ported to linux was bash 1.08 - here's the original post by
> Linus at the tender age of  advertising his first build of linux on
> the minix newsgroup in 1991, explicitly mentioning bash 1.08.  This
> datum told us that shellshock is older than all of linux, which makes
> for a nice soundbite for the press.
> Going back further proved very difficult because few archives
> including these early versions exist anywhere, and by all accounts
> the early releases were buggy and not particularly portable.  We
> eventually managed to locate an image for an obscure Japanese
> Human68k containing bash 1.05.  Here it identifies itself as bash
> 1.05 X6_19:  The file
> is dated 12/08/1991... and of course it's vulnerable:

Can you post the relevant download links to the atari st / 68k images
and other possibly interesting stuff? Or where they from private

I think independently of current events this might be interesting for
people digging in IT history, so having them somewhere easy to find
would be nice.

Hanno Böck


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