An exploit in the open-source implementation of the SSL protocol of the Internet, called Heartbleed, has everyone who has heard about it sweating bullets, which good reason. SSL is widely used to secure information and OpenSSL is the “free” use of this protocol installed on most web servers. What Heartbleed does is allow anyone read the memory of a system running the affected versions of OpenSSL.
Thankfully, there are lists of which sites are affected and how to “fix it” on your end. While the bug is now patched let this be a lesson to all of us to keep closer tabs on our security, in case of the recurrence of such an emergency.Tags: exploit, information, privacy, security, SSL