Stemming the Heartbleed — in-house analysis

By Nicola Fulford and Alex Cravero

Heartbleed is capable of being abused by hackers for as long as the vulnerable version of OpenSSL is in use, and it is vital to make sure a response plan is in place.

The Heartbleed vulnerability is a serious security bug that exists in the OpenSSL open-source cryptographic software library.

OpenSSL encrypts communications between a user’s computer and a web server in order to provide communication security and privacy over the internet for applications including web, email and instant messaging. It is thought to be used by roughly two thirds of all websites on the internet (look out for the padlock symbol in your URL bar)…

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