IT Security Professionals: Beware the Heartbleed Security Vulnerability!

First of all, kudos to Neel Mehta of Google Security for discovering this bug and to
Adam Langley <> and Bodo Moeller <> for
preparing the fix.

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular
OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows
stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by
the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS
provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for
applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some
virtual private networks (VPNs).

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.

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