Worm exploiting Bash/Shellshock vulnerability

Number: AL14-040
Date: 15 December 2014


The purpose of this Alert is to bring attention to recent reports of a worm exploiting the Bash/Shellshock vulnerability.


CCIRC is aware of open source reports indicating that the Shellshock vulnerability is being actively exploited to install a self-replicating backdoor also known as a worm. It appears that this worm is currently targeting network attached systems (NAS) made by QNAP. There are no specific reports of this being exploited in Canada at this time.

The attack targets a QNAP CGI script, "/cgi-bin/authLogin.cgi", and upon execution, has the capability to run commands, install additional malware including a secure shell (SSH) server with a new admin user account which grants root privileges to the attacker and scans for other vulnerable devices.

CVE Reference: CVE-2014-6271

Suggested Action

CCIRC recommends that organizations running QNAP Turbo NAS model versions prior to QTS 4.1.1 Build 1003 strongly consider updating to the latest version immediately, as any prior versions are vulnerable to attacks using the Bash/Shellshock vulnerability.


Note to Readers

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