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Thousands of Systems Still Vulnerable to Heartbleed

25/06/2014 by


It’s been more than two months since the Heartbleed bug rocked the Internet world. Although some rushed to patch their systems, a new report reveals that many are still vulnerable to what has been called one of the worst-ever vulnerabilities.

First revealed in April, Heartbleed could give hackers access to user passwords and even trick people into using fake versions of popular Web sites. According to the security engineers at Codenomicon who found the bug, the vulnerability is in the OpenSSL cryptographic software  library. The weakness, they said, steals information typically protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.

“The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software,” according to the Web site dedicated to providing information about the bug. “This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.”

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