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Monday, 20 October 2014

2015 Standards Update

These are BS EN ISO 14001:2015 The Environmental Standard with some 300,000 certificates to the existing 2004 Standard worldwide.  Publication was due in June 2015.

BS EN ISO 9001:2015 The quality Management Standard with some 1 million plus certificates to the existing 2008 Standard worldwide. Publication was due in September 2015.

The most recent drafts were submitted to the 45 member countries of ISO for approval;  It is a mandatory requirement that all countries endorse the changes to allow the review process to move forward to the drafts for public comment and  then Final drafts before publication.

We have been notified by one of the UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies that two member countries including USA have challenged the drafts.    This has, as you can imagine put the proverbial ‘cat amongst the pigeons’.    This may delay the publication of the next stages of these two Standards and may result in considerable changes.

There are other Standards that use ISO9001 as the basis of their own Standards:

  •  IAQG, AS 9100 series which cover the aerospace and defence industries;
  • SMMT, TS16949 series which cover the automotive industries;
  • HACCP, ISO 22000 series which cover the food safety industry;
  • ISO 13485 series which cover the medical devices sector.

There are many others which use 9001 as the base model. 

All these must consider whether they will follow the 9001:2015 model;  there is some doubt at this stage as some of the above are also unhappy with the proposed Standards.  If they decided to go their own way as standalone standards it may well cause the systems to become fragmented.

Time will tell…. Watch this space.

Monday, 6 October 2014

ISO 27001:2013 and Dangerous Bug Shell Shock

If you are involved in IT you may remember the Heartbleed virus which had the potential to bring the internet down; fortunately a fix and patches prevented the Heartbleed virus getting a foothold.
Now there is a new and more virulent virus named Shell Shock which has the ability to allow unauthorised disclosure of information; allows unauthorised modification; allows disruption of services.

This one attacks UNIX systems and Linux systems and can affect PCs, OS X Macs, home routers and many more systems.

Any system that uses BASH (widely used command interpreter) up to and including v4.3 is vulnerable.  DASH systems are not affected, including Ubuntu and Debian.

The risks are high as many government and military systems use BASH or BASH derivatives and a reliable patch has not yet been developed.

According to The Register ( you can test your systems using the following code in your default shell:

Env X=” ()   { :;}  ;  echo busted” /bin /sh  –c ”echo completed”
Env X=” ()   { :;)  ; echo busted” ‘which bash’  -c “echo completed”
If the words “busted” appear then you have a problem and are at risk.  We have copied the code from the Register and cannot guarantee its validity but it is worth checking.

Our systems here at Quality Matters appear to be safe from this bug (for now).

In short, this is a very dangerous bug which could affect tens of millions of systems.

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