The Heartbleed Bug bitcoin erklaert a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. TLS encryption used to secure the Internet.
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 compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users. We have tested some of our own services from attacker’s perspective. We attacked ourselves from outside, without leaving a trace.
Without using any privileged information or credentials we were able steal from ourselves the secret keys used for our X. 509 certificates, user names and passwords, instant messages, emails and business critical documents and communication. As long as the vulnerable version of OpenSSL is in use it can be abused. Fixed OpenSSL has been released and now it has to be deployed. Operating system vendors and distribution, appliance vendors, independent software vendors have to adopt the fix and notify their users.