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The Heartbleed bug
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:53:11 AM »
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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 users.

https://heartbleed.com/

it is advised that you change your password on every account you have.
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Re: The Heartbleed bug
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 04:24:35 PM »
Hasn't the heartbleed bug been going around for a few years now?
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Re: The Heartbleed bug
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014, 09:16:33 PM »
No idea but it only recently got major media coverage over here.

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Re: The Heartbleed bug
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014, 09:18:55 PM »
It is all over Reddit and the news and I got an email from Tumblr telling me to change my password. I don't quite understand why it is so big now since it has been around since 2012, and anyone that wanted to exploit it could.

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Re: The Heartbleed bug
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014, 09:29:14 PM »
From what I understand, yea, the bug has been around for a while. But many major networks have only recently managed to update their software or something.

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Re: The Heartbleed bug
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2014, 09:29:54 PM »
So for 2 years our passwords have just been hanging in the air? GG guys.