A Bug That'll Make Your Heartbleed

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Oct. 8, 2017 1 comment INFOSEC Institute Encryption & Authentication

Darn, I had to change my Dropbox password a few days ago. For good measure, I changed my Google password, too. Although I only use it for OAuth these days, well, especially for OAuth, I changed my Facebook password, too. Do you notice when you buy things online or log into your bank’s website, your address bar says “https://” instead of “http://,” or you get a pop-up with a closed lock icon? That means your web pages are going through TCP/IP port 443 instead of port 80. HTTPS is just like HTTP, the internet protocol that serves most web pages, but it goes through an encryption layer, to make your web session more secure. Secure Sockets Layer evolved into Transport Layer Security, and the most widely used open source version of that it OpenSSL. There are also TLS/SSL versions of FTP (file transfer protocol), among some other TCP/IP internet services. So, TLS/SSL doesn’t only pertain to the web.


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