Today I have put up a new release of BFD, version 1.4, that addresses an unsanitized variable issue that is used on the command line. This is a serious issue and should be treated as such, if you currently have BFD installed I would encourage you to update it immediately, the install.sh script in the BFD package will retain all your options and tracking data so the update process is painless.
[Fix] properly sanitized vars passed to the command line
[Fix] ignore.hosts is now updated with system addresses on each bfd run
[Note] thanks to [email protected] for invaluable input and pointers
wget http://www.rfxn.com/downloads/bfd-current.tar.gz tar xvfz bfd-current.tar.gz cd bfd-1.4/ ./install.sh
Although this issue has many mitigating factors that lessen the severity of the potential impact it is nevertheless very serious and best to opt on the side of caution. I need to extend a special thanks to Jeff Petersen of webhostsecurity.com for identifying this issue in a very professional fashion and offering technical input.