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CVE-2014-6277 and CVE-2014-6278

This document (7015714) is provided subject to the disclaimer at the end of this document.


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 LTSS
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 LTSS
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4 LTSS
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 LTSS
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Software Development Kit 11 SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 for VMware
  • SLES Expanded Support platform release 6.5
  • SLES Expanded Support platform release 5.10


SUSE has been made aware of  the following two vulnerabilities:

  • CVE-2014-6278
  • CVE-2014-6277

Both vulnerabilities have been already mitigated within the update previously released for CVE-2014-7169.  With this hardening enabled it is no longer possible for attackers to inject environment variables that are parsed as functions, effectively disabling the whole class of attacks against the bash parser.

In order to detect if your bash version is hardened and therefore not affected, the following test is available:

hello() { echo hello; } ; export -f hello ; env|grep hello

An output like:

hello=() {  echo hello

Indicates a vulnerable version of bash


BASH_FUNC_hello()=() {  echo hello

Indicates a patched bash version

For further details and patches, please refer to


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  • Document ID:7015714
  • Creation Date:30-SEP-14
  • Modified Date:01-APR-15
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server
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