The Heartbleed Bug
The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This
weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to
secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such
as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable
versions of the OpenSSL software. 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
How to stop the leak?
As long as the vulnerable version of OpenSSL is in use it can be abused. Fixed OpenSSL has been released and now it has to be deployed. Operating system vendors and
distribution, appliance vendors, independent software vendors have to adopt the fix and notify their users.
Service providers and users have to install the fix as it becomes available for the operating systems, networked
appliances and software they use. Below are two links with more information on this new internet vulnerability.
Please click HERE for more info on the Heartbleed Bug.
Please click HERE to go to a website to check if the
site you are using has been compromised.