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Heartbleed - FYI yahoo and flickr users

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  • Started 8 years ago by Darkerside
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  1. Darkerside
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    Google around for 'heartbleed'; it's a pretty stonking bug with a type of encryption used on the web. Discovered yesterday, but apparently sites have been vulnerable since 2011. Key outcome for most people being that their usernames and passwords for affected sites (and any sites that share those passwords) should be considered compromised.

    Flickr and Yahoo are two of the sites affected. If you're a customer of either you'll probably want to change your passwords as soon as they announce they've fixed their servers.

    To give you an idea of the sale of the problem, TOR is currently recommending that anyone who relies on internet security for their welfare stays offline for the next few days.

    If you're resetting passwords, might as well pick a good one...: http://xkcd.com/936/

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. wee folding bike
    Member

    OS X Mavericks will suggest passwords for you then sync up your other Macs/iDevices.

    I've not let it work yet as it feels a wee bit too SkyNet. I also don't know how it handles Flickr which is web site but also integrated into iOS. Will it up date the web password but not the one held in the settings? I suppose an experiment is called for.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. Arellcat
    Moderator

    Good article on cnet.com:

    http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/heartbleed-bug-undoes-web-encryption-reveals-user-passwords/

    Google: not affected
    Twitter: not affected
    Yahoo: has fixed the issue

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. Darkerside
    Member

    I use Lastpass for password management, but for the key things I just use the xkcd random words strung together tactic linked above.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. wee folding bike
    Member

    Flickr seems to be part of Yahoo, when I went to reset the Flickr password it sent me there.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    wfb: "Flickr seems to be part of Yahoo" Thanks, I knew I had an account linked to Yahoo but I couldn't remember what it was.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. Darkerside
    Member

    Verge has a decent summary as well:

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/8/5594266/how-heartbleed-broke-the-internet

    Posted 8 years ago #

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