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Five Essential Facts About Heartbleed And OpenSSL

The CRN Test Center gives tips on how to fix Heartbleed, patch the OpenSSL bug and make it safe so users can stop worrying about open source security.

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What Is Heartbleed?

The Secure Sockets Layer protocol protects just about every website in the world that encrypts data in transit. Last week a vulnerability was discovered in OpenSSL, the implementation of SSL and Transport Layer Security that's used in about two-thirds of those servers. In the days that followed, the reporting that surrounded the revelation was a stew of raw panic, hot tempers and hyperbole, with a sprinkling of misinformation. Here are some essential facts about OpenSSL, the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability, and how, why and whether it should concern the companies with which you do business.

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