We have already read so many articles on Heartbleed, one of the biggest iNternet threat that recently came across by a team of security engineers at Codenomicon, while improving the SafeGuard feature in Codenomicon’s Defensics security testing tools. The story has taken every media attention across the World, as the bug opened doors for the cyber criminals to extract sensitive data from the server’s memory and almost every major site have been affected by it.UNINTENTIONAL BIRTH OF HEARTBLEEDMore than two years ago, German programmer Robin Seggelmann introduced a new feature called “Heartbeat” in the most secured open source encryption protocol, OpenSSL, which is used by several social networks, search engines, banks and other websites to enable secure connections while transmitting data. But introducing heartbeat feature cost him dearly, as here the most critical bug resides.Dr. Seggelmann allegedly was just trying to improve OpenSSL and working on an update and while submitting the updates enabling heartbeat feature, an “oversight” led to an error that unintentionally created the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, according to The Guardian.Heartbleed is the encryption flaw that left large number of cryptographic keys and private data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers, from the most important sites and services on […]
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