I have an older RHEL 3 server that I can't upgrade at the moment. Its running

GNU bash, version 2.05b.0(1)-release (i386-redhat-linux-gnu)

Yum is broken. My concern is shellshock. Would this:


from the rpmfind site work on my system? If not what are my options to update bash? Epel repos only go back to epel5.

  • You could always compile from source, but I guess your gcc is also ancient (or absent). Sep 29, 2016 at 14:46
  • I'm thinking I'd have more luck finding a compatible rpm.
    – user53029
    Sep 29, 2016 at 14:51
  • bash-4.4 compiles just fine on a Knoppix LiveCD 3.2 from 2003. I can't see why it wouldn't work on your RHEL3 Sep 29, 2016 at 16:03
  • I'd strongly suggest upgrade as RHEL3 does not contain any of the latest security patches and thus it would be a very vulnerable system if put on the internet in general.
    – mdpc
    Sep 29, 2016 at 19:30
  • Who down-voted this? Its a perfectly legitimate question.
    – user53029
    Sep 29, 2016 at 19:38

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You should download bash 2.05b with the rpm src by example, and patch it with the last patches for 2.05b, make a new rpm in bash with the specs, test it on a platform and install it.

Red Hat doesn't maintain this distribution RHEL3, but you can make your own bash package rpm and update your bash version with gnu update...

bash205b-013 :

05/Oct/2014 00:00 2.7 KB bash205b-013
05/Oct/2014 00:00 72 B bash205b-013.sig


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