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Apr 10, 2014 20:01 |  #16

It has nothing to do with the certificate itself either. It has to do with a vulnerability in an application called OpenSSL that is used primarily in Linux based web servers running Apache to facilitate secure communications using certificates.

The biggest risk here isn't even the user data, it is the fact that it could be used to extract the private key for the certificate, giving someone the ability to intercept and decrypt any current and future communications to those websites even if OpenSSL is patched. Until the sites revoke and reissue their certificates there is a possibility that they may continue to be compromised.


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Apr 11, 2014 04:49 |  #17

Keyan wrote in post #16824960 (external link)
The biggest risk here isn't even the user data

Exactly. The bug allowed attacker to read areas of server RAM. What kind of usable data there is depends on how applications are written.

(POTN was not vulnerable to this bug)


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