Professor Makes Unique Observation on Heartbleed Vulnerability


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Professor Bill Buchanan and his research team have made new observations on the Heartbleed vulnerability. With this the team have found that the network traffic contained in the result of a probe for the Heartbleed vulnerabilty can be viewed by anyone observing the data packets on the Internet. These packets are meant to be encrypted, but the bug in the Heartbeat Request, causes the data to be send back in an unprotected form. The capture is here:

where the details of the memory can be viewed, even through this is meant to be a secure network connection. More details at:

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An explaination of the vulnerabilty and a demo are at:


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William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
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