The bug known as bash that could eat away your software

Looks like cybersecurity is going mainstream with “the bug known as bash“…”that could eat away your software


With news breaking yesterday of a potentially catastrophic bug in the Bash shell since dubbed “Shellshock,” media outlets rushed to breathlessly tell viewers about their newly hackable Apple computers. In that rush, they almost universally got the facts wrong.

“Bash” is not a bug; it’s a shell, or a specific type of program inherent to Unix-based computers that allows for the input of commands. The “X” in “OS X” is a Roman numeral (and “Mac” was removed from the title of the operating system two years ago). And as for how “Linux” is pronounced, well, argue that down in the comments.

But what this supercut really reveals is how lazy local news producers are. I don’t know how TV news is taught nowadays, but from what i’ve thought, there should be at least 3 sources of truth, the facts should be verified, an expert should be called in to provide assistance. Maybe the local TV news don’t have enough money to afford this luxury, but hey.. that’s no excuse!

Although this is raising awareness, the result is misled audiences since this clearly didn’t happen. Also, the trust in Unix based systems is falling down just because this kind of attention shellshock and heartbleed received from the media. Everything is like rocket science to this guys when talking about IT and it’s just the lack of understanding about a topic(software security in this case), coupled with strong desire to report on it usually results in such cases.