How Heartbleed Bug Exposes Your Passwords to Hackers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Are you safe from the critical bug Heartbleed?? OpenSSL- the encryption technology used by millions of websites to encrypt the communication and is also used to protect our sensitive data such as e-mails, passwords or banking information.┬áBut a tiny, but most critical flaw called “Heartbleed” in the widely used OpenSSL opened doors for the cyber criminals to extract sensitive data from the system memory.SSL and TLS are known to provide communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as websites, email, instant messaging (IM), including some virtual private networks (VPNs).Heartbleed is a critical bug (CVE-2014-0160) is in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, that actually resides in the OpenSSL’s implementation of the TLS (transport layer security protocols) and DTLS (Datagram TLS) heartbeat extension (RFC6520).This bug was independently discovered by a team of security engineers (Riku, Antti and Matti) at Codenomicon, while improving the SafeGuard feature in Codenomicon’s Defensics security testing tools, and Neel Mehta of Google Security, who first reported it to the OpenSSL team.Software vulnerabilities may come and go, but this bug is more critical as it has left the large number of private keys and other secrets exposed to the Internet. The heartbleed bug can reveal […]

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