Linux bash vulnerable on most modern Linux distributions

Came across an interesting post today from VentraIP which outlines that Linux bash is vulnerable on most modern Linux distributions. You can read more about it directly from them here.

I ran the command on a Raspbian install I have on a Raspberry Pi that hasn’t been updated for a few weeks and surprise surprise. It was vulnerable.

Before upgrade:

root@zulu:~# env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
this is a test

After upgrade:

root@zulu:~# env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
bash: warning: x: ignoring function definition attempt
bash: error importing function definition for `x'
this is a test

Best we all go do a sweep of our systems and upgrade those all that would be impacted by this. Best to close the problem now before it gets exploited.

Linode continues to be a powerhouse VPS provider

I’ve used Linode in the past and continue to hold them in high regard. If you need a bullet proof VPS provider who continues to listen to customers and provide exceptional value, I highly recommend them.

I’ve still got my account with them, just don’t have any active services at the moment, but I am sure I will again in the near future.

Be sure to sign up via the link here.

Intel DN2820FYKH NUC

The talk of the past year in hardware has been the Intel NUC, and I’ve been wanting to get my hand on one for the last few months, since the Third Generation module was released.

In the end I decided to purchase an Intel Celeron based one (Model: DN2820FYKH) and to load it up to run Windows 8.1 Pro.

For more detailed information about the specification, hint up the link here.

The Celeron model has some notiable differences (lacking features) between the i3 and i5 based models.

  • Only one memory socket (max 8GB ram) (vs i3/5 16GB max in 2 sockets).
  • Ships with wireless (vs i3/5 not shipping with it).
  • No MSATA support, as the socket for it don’t exist.

Despite this lack of feature between it’s more powerful siblings, I figured that Windows 8.1 Pro on a machine where you can install 8GB ram and a 2.5″ Laptop SSD drive would be adequate for the footprint.

Sure enough, it runs very well. Reasonable and capable little computer. I paired mine with a powered USB hub and a 19″ monitor I had spare.




New Voice Services Provider – Telecube

Totally missed it, but a friend alerted me to the fact we have a new voice services provider in play.

Telecube seem to be a new provider and seem to be making a name for themselves.

I signed up on the weekend, and the immediate thing I noticed was the very nice portal for configuration of the services and the fact you can configure up to 10 extensions which is very handy.

You can also check out the Whirlpool thread for them here. If you’d like to sign up, click here.