Heartbleed Might Not Leak Private SSL Keys

Heartbleed

After this week’s massive Heartbleed bug, one of the biggest concerns was that the bug might leak a website’s private SSL keys, the key to the green lock that secures data sent to users. It’s especially dangerous because, if an attacker did access the keys, they could be used even after the server was patched, allowing attacks months or even years in the future. But on Friday, the content distribution network CloudFlare has announced Heartbleed may not allow access to those private keys after all. In two weeks of testing, the company has been unable to successfully access private keys with Heartbleed, suggesting the attack may not be possible at all. “If it is possible, it is at a minimum very hard,” researcher Nick Sullivan writes. “And we have reason to believe… that it may in fact be impossible.” If true, it makes Heartbleed much less dangerous than many had feared, offering a saving grace for compromised sites.

Read the full story at The Verge.

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