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Intouch respond to ‘shellshock’ internet vulnerability

Posted by: Intouch | 29.09.14

Intouch Accounting

Intouch respond to ‘shellshock’ internet vulnerability

Intouch has responded to the recent news that a “deadly serious” bug that has the potential to affect millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.

The flaw has been found in a software component known as Bash, which is a part of many Linux systems as well as Apple’s Mac operating system. The bug, known as Shellshock, can be used to remotely take control of almost any system that has this component.

Taking this matter very seriously, Intouch’s IT Director, Alec Cormack has completed a number of steps to protect its systems. As soon as the information about the bug was released, tests were undertaken and the following actions were completed:

  • By 6:30am on the morning of 26th September all servers, firewalls and other internet-facing devices had been reviewed and any that were impacted in our environment were patched.
  • The actions taken by 3rd parties and vendors where a dependency lies has been checked. All have confirmed that they too have patched their systems.
  • Reviews have been made on the intrusion detection systems and no evidence was found that there have been attacks on the network using this vulnerability.

Whilst everything has been done to protect Intouch’s systems, the technical team will monitor the situation closely and implement any additional patches that may be released in order to mitigate the risk from Shellshock.

An email has already been sent regarding this matter to all of Intouch’s clients.


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