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Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:15:00 +0100
From: Steve Jones <>
Subject: Re: Shellshock timeline (was: CVE-2014-6271: remote
 code execution through bash) and both have a collection of
shareware cd images of a stripes from around that era.
They're probably worth a look.

The GNU bulletins may serve as another useful
historical artifact.

Bulletin 7 has the bash beta announce and each
issue has a list of ftp download sites. I expect most
are dead but you get lucky

I suspect the trail runs cold in this case due to the
GNUFtp Hack incident of 2003

On 4 October 2014 14:22, Hanno Böck <> wrote:
> 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
> archives?
> 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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> GPG: BBB51E42

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