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No Shellshock for Patton Customers


Not Shelshocked
Patton assures customers its products are unaffected by the Bash-shell security vulnerability commonly known as the Shellshock bug.

No worries... Patton products are NOT shellshocked, bashbugged, bashdoored or otherwise compromised.

GAITHERSBURG, MD and BERN, SWITZERLAND: Patton Electronics (— US-manufacturer of award-winning SmartNode™ VoIP solutions, BODI rS™ High Availability Fixed & Mobile Routers, and CopperLink™ Ethernet Extenders—has declared the company's products are not susceptible to the Bash-shell security vulnerability—commonly known as the Shellshock bug or Bashdoor—that was made public on September 24, 2014.

The two operating systems installed in SmartNode products—Trinity and SmartWare—are NOT affected by the Shellshock Bug.

Patton SmartNode Equipment

Technical Details

  • Shellshock only affects the Bash shell and only if users are allowed to pass environment variables to the shell. This typically happens when a web server uses CGI to pass requests as a list of environment variables to the shell. No Patton product uses the Bash shell.

  • Trinity uses the ash shell in the background, which is not affected by the Shellshock bug. Furthermore the ash shell is not available to the user but only used internally by the system software. Trinity only exposes its proprietary Command Line Interface (CLI) to the user. The web server running on Trinity uses a CGI-variant that does not execute shell commands. Both the command-line and the web-interface are not affected by Shellshock.
  • SmartWare uses a proprietary implementation of the CLI and web-server, both which are not affected by Shellshock as well

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About Patton

Patton is all about connections. It is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions—complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. Incorporated 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect "this-with-that," to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects subscribers to service-providers. Patton's specialty is interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media technologies. 

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton equipment—including VoIP, Ethernet extension, and wireless router technologies—is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide. Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. To connect with local-market requirements, Patton operates training and support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India, Vietnam, and the USA.

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