Updating your Docker for Shellshock

Updating your Docker for Shellshock

What a week. Starting my workday early Thursday (25 September) morning I came across a Tweet from someone I follow that he spent the entire night updating his Linux systems. Hmmm this doesn't look good. After quickly getting up to speed with the Shellshock Bug it was time to make a plan.

Reviewing the Landscape

I quickly evalutated all my webservers spread around the world and made a plan to update. Updating my webservers was relatively uneventful and fast but required quite sometime to ssh to each one and run the commands.

Since my last article about launching a Dockerized Blog solution this adds a new aspect to updating Docker for this Bash patch as I need to update the base Docker image.

I have 3 Docker containers:
1 x NGINX Proxy
2 x Nodejs + Ghost CMS

How to update Docker Images & Containers

What I did is deploy a new container for both the NGINX Proxy & Ghost CMS. I started both containers in interactive mode with /bin/bash enabled. I then updated Bash inside the containers, Committed the Container as a new image, and then deployed the new image.

So let's take a look at the process step-by-step:

  1. Deploy a new Docker container for both NGINX and Ghost
    NGINX -> docker run -i -p 80:80 -v \ /var/run/docker.sock:/tmp/docker.sock \
    --name proxy jwilder/nginx-proxy /bin/bash
    Once the container is running and you are attached run: apt-get update
    apt-get install --only-upgrade bash
  2. Now repeat the process for the Ghost containers
    Ghost ->docker run -i -p 49157:2368 -v \ /var/docker/directory_name:/ghost-override \
    -e VIRTUAL_HOST=www.example.com \
    dockerfile/ghost /bin/bash
    apt-get update
    apt-get install --only-upgrade bash
  3. Next let's commit the containers as new Docker Images
    docker commit -m"Updated Bash" -a="Brian" \
    proxy jwilder/nginx-proxy:v2
  4. Repeat the process for Ghost image by changing the image and container names in the command.
  5. Stop the running containers for proxy and Ghost
    docker stop proxy ghost1 ghost2
  6. Deploy the newly created proxy container
    docker run -i -p 80:80 -v \ /var/run/docker.sock:/tmp/docker.sock \
    --name proxy jwilder/nginx-proxy:v2 forego start -r
  7. Same for the Ghost image
    docker run -i -p 49157:2368 -v \ /var/docker/directory_name:/ghost-override \
    -e VIRTUAL_HOST=www.example.com \
    dockerfile/ghost bash /ghost-start

Happy Dockering!

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