As you may already know, on April 7th, the OpenSSL Project released an update to address a vulnerability nicknamed "Heartbleed Bug". This vulnerability effects a substantial number of applications and services running on the Internet. The Heartbleed Bug is a serious security vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library; it allows the stealing of information that is normally protected 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 vulnerability allows a hacker 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. In addition, it allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and impersonate the services and users.
Here at CollaborateMD, we have performed an internal audit of any exposure to the recently discovered SSL vulnerability exposed within the Heartbleed Bug. Based on the results of our internal audit, we have properly mitigated any risks within our environment and to our services. Additional audit findings show the likelihood of a problem occurring to be relatively small for our users. However, the overall risk is greater than any of us should be willing to challenge. We are taking the following proactive measures to ensure each of our environments remain safe and secure:
For further information on the Heartbleed vulnerability please refer to http://heartbleed.com
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