October 3, 2014 in WordPress Designer News

WordPress Designer News – Shellshock Bug Checker Plugin


Well, if you have not already heard of Shellshock, then be prepared for a possible problem; In recent days, a security vulnerability in Bash known as ‘ShellShock’ has put millions of servers at risk.

The vulnerability allows an attacker to execute code of their choosing on the server chosen for the attack; the information is, there are even more servers at risk from this attack than all of the attacks from the ‘Heartbleed‘ bug which was discovered earlier in the year.


The good news is, you can determine if your server is at risk.

Thanks to Vladimir Prelovac, for the plugin which checks to see if the server hosting your website is vulnerable to the ShellShock bug.

The above plugin checks for the following vulnerabilities

Click the link to download the WordPress plugin.

To check if your server is affected, please go to Settings and then Shellshock, and click the Run Test button.

Once the test has been completed, you will be notified of the vulnerability status.

The image below is for demonstration purposes only

shellshock status

If the server is found to be vulnerable, take a screenshot and contact the host administration team as soon as you are able.

  • Create a ticket
  • Inform the support representative you have tested the server and the results have show it’s vulnerability

Take a screenshot of the vulnerability status; attach it to your ticket, along with a link to the following article informing them of everything that they need to know about the bug.

Once you have completed the above task, make a full backup of your website, as a precaution.

You should always have a backup of your website, in the event of an attack, you will be able to re-create your website once the security flaw has been fixed.

For more information about the Shellshock bug, read this article from ZDNet

 

Sources:

  • National Vulnerability Database
  • WordPress.org (plugin)
  • Troy Hunt
  • ZDNet

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