Monday, June 9, 2014

More Bugs Found in OpenSSL Security Tool


There have been six more bugs found in the widely used OpenSSL security tool.

OpenSSL is a security tool that houses computer programs to enable security over the public Internet.

OpenSSL is used in shared consumer applications, like software in Google’s Android smartphones.

With the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL,  the new publicity had system administrators rushing to update their systems to protect against it.

Computer administrators everywhere have frowned upon six new security issues that were recently found in the OpenSSL security library.

For example: if you see “https://” in your URL bar, it  indicates that the connection is secure.

The server computer at the other end of the connection is using OpenSSL to provide security.
The two main forms of security are:
  1. It scrambles information so it is unreadable to anyone other than the intended recipient
  2. It authenticates the source of information, ensuring the sender is who they say they are


How to protect yourself


Most won’t have to take any kind of action in response to the OpenSSL attack.

Non-browser client applications such as music players and chat programs will need to be immediately updated.

Distributors of Linux, which uses OpenSSL more openly, have already received issued updates.

If you haven’t already reset all your passwords due to the Heartbleed bug, it is the perfect time to do so.

Major service providers will inform you if it is necessary to reset your password.

Websites that are affected, may be unavailable for a short period of time.  This allows the fixed versions of OpenSSL to be installed by their system administrators.

There will most likely be more flaws discovered in OpenSSL.  Password resets, and software updates are becoming more of a habit with increased internet usage.

Delay no more, secure yourself and reset all your passwords.

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Merkel, Robert
Six more bugs found in popular OpenSSL security tool – Homeland Security News Wire…
Published: June 9, 2014

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