Shellshock shows web ‘built on thin ice’

The Shellshock bug that has left vast swaths of the internet vulnerable to cyber criminals for more than 20 years highlights how the basic foundations of the network are not fit for the 21st century web, security experts have warned.

The fundamental flaw that was discovered on Wednesday has been described as the worst bug exposed for about a decade, as it left the computer systems of governments, the military and companies open to manipulation from afar.

Tal Klein, vice-president of strategy and marketing at US-based cloud security company Adallom, warned there could be more bugs like this to be discovered because the whole internet was built on a “sheet of very thin ice”.

Copyright: The Financial Times Limited 2014.

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