What is Heartbleed bug and How it works?

You may have gone through the word Heartbleed  in recent days. In this post i will try to summarize its detail for those who wants to get an overview of what Heartbleed bug is and how it can effect you.

What is Heartbleed Bug?

The Heartbleed Bug is a small flaw in the code of the OpenSSL library, a piece of software which underpins two-thirds of the active websites online.

How does it affect me?

Two-thirds of all the active websites on the internet rely on OpenSSL to encrypt communication, therefore is it likely that many of the services you use on a daily basis have been affected.

What information could be stolen?

Anyone exploiting the Heartbleed Bug could have stolen usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, and possibly even the private encryption keys websites use to keep user data private.

A simple graphical explanation is as follows:

 

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heartbleed bug

 

 

Sana Beginner Programmer Asked on April 11, 2014 in General Question.
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