Heartbleed Bug: Change your passwords


You may have seen a lot of press in the last couple of days about the ‘Heartbleed Bug’ – This bug is a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library which is responsible for encrypting data over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging and some virtual private networks.

The Heartbleed Bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directory from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.

Most of the popular websites have already patched the vulnerability; here is a list of some of these sites:

  • Google – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Facebook – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Instagram – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Youtube – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Yahoo! – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Wikipedia – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Bing – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Live – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • MSN – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Microsoft – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.
  • Flickr – Vulnerability Patched. Password change recommended.

  • Here are some of the sites that were not affected by the Heartbleed Bug:

  • LinkedIn
  • eBay
  • PayPal
  • Twitter
  • It is recommended that you change your password on all of the above websites and if you use the same password elsewhere it is also recommended that you change that. However, the safest option is to change all of your passwords.

    Security0 comments