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The OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug Strikes The Internet

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Published on 07 April 2014 11:21 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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As many Phoronix readers have already reported in, a very serious OpenSSL security vulnerability was discovered that allows for attackers to read memory in 64k memory chunks. A very serious bug in OpenSSL 1.0.1/1.0.2-beta is leaking information since the bug's introduction in 2011.

As explained in the OpenSSL.org advisory, "A missing bounds check in the handling of the TLS heartbeat extension can be used to reveal up to 64k of memory to a connected client or server."

For security experts and system administrators out there, a ton more information is revealed via the Heartbleed.com web-site setup that covers all of the details for this massive OpenSSL security vulnerability. New versions of OpenSSL have already been released to address this security vulnerability now present in major operating systems.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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