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Old 04-17-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Heartbleed bug/virus? Wassup?

I got a reference from tumblr to change my password, with no reference as to why. Then I signed on to my paypal account, and there was a banner stating PP was safe from the heartbleed virus/bug.

I did a search, and most of it seems to be an issue emanating from China. But what is weird is that all of the publications reporting the issue are Christian based. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I see nothing on CNN, NYT, or most importantly,

Inmates or Jo Momma.

What's the deal here?
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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It's not a virus, it is an exploit that has existed in open ssl for quite some time now and has just recently been made widely known.
Only websites/services that made use of open ssl would be affected by the exploit.
But not every place that uses open ssl would have been affected as it was only a particular version of it that has the exploit. Places that stuck to an older proven version (to avoid problems like this) would have been safe from it, from what I understand anyways...
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:45 PM   #3
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xkcd explains it pretty well:

http://xkcd.com/1354/
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:44 PM   #4
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Heartbleed affects more than just websites. The vulnerable software, OpenSSL is also used for secure, encrypted communications on items such as routers, firewalls, mobile devices, blu-ray players, VPN equipment, alarm systems, you name it.

The issue was caused by a somewhat simple mistake by one of the developers of OpenSSL.

I've seen a fair amount of coverage in the mainstream press. Not enough IMO.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:46 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by koorbloh View Post
xkcd explains it pretty well:

http://xkcd.com/1354/
Good explanation, but I'd draw the person with invisible ink. It is nearly impossible to tell that someone is exploiting the vulnerability.
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:59 AM   #6
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There's a lot of information out there about it
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