Bash Environment Variable Handling Shell Command Injection Via CUPS

2014-11-05T00:00:00
ID SAINT:115143B4FAD70F6ECA6FF95A951FEA51
Type saint
Reporter SAINT Corporation
Modified 2014-11-05T00:00:00

Description

Added: 11/05/2014
CVE: CVE-2014-6271
BID: 70103
OSVDB: 112004

Background

GNU Bash (Bourne Again SHell) is a command shell commonly used on Linux and Unix systems.

CUPS is printing software for UNIX-like systems that allows a computer to act as a print server.

Problem

The Bash shell executes commands injected after function definitions contained in environment variables. This could be used by a remote attacker to cause arbitrary commands to execute when a CUPS server invokes the Bash shell.

Resolution

Apply updated Bash packages from the Linux or Unix vendor.

References

<https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-268A>

Limitations

This exploit requires the user name and password for the CUPS server. This attack vector may not exist on all systems with affected versions of Bash, and other attack vectors may exist which are not covered by this exploit.