Shellshock is a hole in Bash that, when carefully accessed, lets an outsider's code be processed and executed on a user's computer.
Linux specialist Stephane Schazelas discovered the bug this week, but it's likely existed in the system for at least 20 years.
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An attacker could use the hole to insert code into a victim's computer, running commands and prompting the machine into action. That means an outsider could control a computer remotely. The attacker could access files, copy and delete data, and run programs.
"Using this vulnerability, attackers can potentially take over the operating system, access confidential information, make changes,
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