Detecting a Shellshock attack

Wazuh is capable of detecting a Shellshock attack by analyzing web server logs collected from a monitored endpoint. In addition, the attack can also be identified at a network level by configuring a Suricata integration.

Check the Shellshock attack section of our documentation for further information. Additionally, the Catch suspicious network traffic section provides information on how to configure a Suricata integration.


  • You need an Apache server running on the monitored Ubuntu 20 system.


  1. Add the following lines to the /var/ossec/etc/ossec.conf configuration file at the Wazuh Ubuntu 20 host. This sets the Linux agent to monitor the access logs of your Apache server.

  2. Restart the Wazuh agent to apply the configuration changes.

    # systemctl restart wazuh-agent

Optionally, you can install Suricata on the Ubuntu 20 endpoint and configure it to monitor the endpoint's network traffic.

Steps to generate the alerts

  1. Replace <your_web_server_address> with the appropriate value and execute the following command from a system external to your Ubuntu 20 endpoint (the attacker).

    # curl -H "User-Agent: () { :; }; /bin/cat /etc/passwd" <your_web_server_address>

Query the alerts

You can visualize the alert data in the Wazuh dashboard. To do this, go to the Security events module and add the filters in the search bar to query the alerts.

  • rule.description:Shellshock attack detected

  • If you have Suricata monitoring the endpoint's traffic, you can also query rule.description:*CVE-2014-6271* for the related Suricata's alerts.