I have two CentOS 5.10 boxen where I have upgraded bash to the latest version. However, in one of the boxes, bash is still vulnerable to CVE-2014-7169 (I am using the test from this ServerFault answer).

Any ideas on why one machine is OK and the other one isn't? What can I check for?

What I've checked already:

1- Ensure both machines are running the same OS (same output on both):

# cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 5.10 (Final)

2- Ensure I have the same version of bash (same output on both):

# rpm -qi bash
Name        : bash                         Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 3.2                               Vendor: CentOS
Release     : 33.el5_10.4                   Build Date: Thu 25 Sep 2014 08:58:19 PM UTC
Install Date: Sat 27 Sep 2014 02:07:07 PM UTC      Build Host: sclbuild-c5.centos.org
Group       : System Environment/Shells     Source RPM: bash-3.2-33.el5_10.4.src.rpm
Size        : 5235475                          License: GPLv2+
Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Fri 26 Sep 2014 02:11:39 AM UTC, Key ID a8a447dce8562897

3- Double check that the binary is OK signature wise (same output on both):

# rpm -V bash

(there was no output from this command, indicating the binary signatures checked out)

4- Check that the binaries are in fact the same versions (as suggested by Cyrus in the comments): (same output on both machines)

# rpm -qf /bin/bash

5- Check the size of the binaries

# ls -l /bin/bash    (Good machine)
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 801816 Sep 25 20:55 /bin/bash

# ls -l /bin/bash    (Bad/vulnerable machine)
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 768952 Sep 25 20:55 /bin/bash

Notice that the file sizes are different.

6- Actually test for the vulnerability

# ## on the good machine
# env X='() { (a)=>\' sh -c "echo date"; cat echo
cat: echo: No such file or directory

# ## on the bad/vulnerable machine
# env X='() { (a)=>\' sh -c "echo date"; cat echo
Sat Sep 27 13:44:36 UTC 2014
  • Hmm, on a recently updated i386 CentOS 5.10 box, I see the same package info as you, but my bash executable size is different from both of yours: $ ls -l /bin/bash -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 736348 Sep 25 17:03 /bin/bash My bash is not vulnerable to 7169 after the update.
    – cjc
    Commented Sep 27, 2014 at 16:38
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    There are tests supplied by Red Hat - do they actually show your "bad" machine as vulnerable? Both tests are defined here: access.redhat.com/articles/1212303 Commented Sep 27, 2014 at 18:14
  • @cjc my box is 64-bit so the sizes will be different
    – Oz Solomon
    Commented Sep 27, 2014 at 18:44
  • @OzSolomon: rpm -qf /bin/bash Is the output the same?
    – Cyrus
    Commented Sep 27, 2014 at 20:15
  • @Cyrus - Both machines show the same result for -qf. I updated the question to reflect that.
    – Oz Solomon
    Commented Sep 27, 2014 at 20:33

1 Answer 1


Could be a false positive - Make sure the 'echo' file does not exist from an earlier test on your bad machine, then retest.

Failing that, could also be a false negative - Check you can touch a file on your good machine, then retest.

  • You nailed it! There was a file called 'echo' in the directory where I did the tests (probably from before upgrading). I deleted it and it worked fine.
    – Oz Solomon
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 15:53

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