Attacks/Breaches
4/10/2014
02:20 PM
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas
Commentary
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Flash Poll: Broken Heartbeat

What steps do you plan to take in response to the Heartbleed bug? Take our poll and share your reasons in the comments.

If your website hasn’t been broken by the now infamous Heartbleed bug (and it probably hasn’t) that doesn’t mean you’re out of danger either as a member of an enterprise security team or as an end-user banking, shopping, or just plain surfing online.

Considered one of the biggest Internet security events ever (security guru Bruce Schneier ranks it 11 on a scale of 1-10),  the flaw has been quietly existing out in the wild for two years. Now, after the widespread publicity this week, experts predict it will become an even more popular attack vector, exposing millions of passwords and personal information, including credit-card numbers, email accounts, and a wide range of online commerce.

The implications for organizations are serious -- and ongoing. As Bishop Fox security analyst Tim Sapio observes in Heartbleed: Examining The Impact, "One thing is certain: If you do not take measures now against this bug, you will be hacked sooner rather than later. The attack is simply too easy to perform."

In his blog, Sapio offers prescriptive advice and resources about how to patch the flawed "Heartbeat" function of TLS, or filter out Heartbeat requests before they reach vulnerable devices. But as you consider and deploy options, we hope you will share your plans and concerns with other members of the Dark Reading community by participating in our flash poll: Broken Heartbeat.

Here’s our question: What steps do you plan to take in response to the Heartbleed bug? You can check all of the responses that apply, and, if we’ve missed a tactic you’re considering, you can tell us in the comments. We also hope you’ll use this poll as a forum to discuss ongoing issues as implications of the bug become clearer over time. For now, your responses to the poll include:

  • We have installed, or are in the process of installing, the OpenSSL Heartbeat update/fix
  • We’re replacing digital certificates
  • We’re forcing end-users to change passwords
  • We’re not doing anything; costs too much
  • What’s the Heartbleed bug?
  • Other (Please explain in the comments)

Click here to take the poll, then let’s chat about it in the comments.

Marilyn has been covering technology for business, government, and consumer audiences for over 20 years. Prior to joining UBM, Marilyn worked for nine years as editorial director at TechTarget Inc., where she launched six Websites for IT managers and administrators supporting ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-2413
Published: 2014-10-20
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the ja_purity template for Joomla! 1.5.26 and earlier allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the Mod* cookie parameter to html/modules.php.

CVE-2012-5244
Published: 2014-10-20
Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in Banana Dance B.2.6 and earlier allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the (1) return, (2) display, (3) table, or (4) search parameter to functions/suggest.php; (5) the id parameter to functions/widgets.php, (6) the category parameter to...

CVE-2012-5701
Published: 2014-10-20
Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in dotProject before 2.1.7 allow remote authenticated administrators to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the (1) search_string or (2) where parameter in a contacts action, (3) dept_id parameter in a departments action, (4) project_id[] parameter in a project ...

CVE-2012-5865
Published: 2014-10-20
SQL injection vulnerability in dispatch.php in Achievo 1.4.5 allows remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the activityid parameter in a stats action.

CVE-2012-5866
Published: 2014-10-20
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in include.php in Achievo 1.4.5 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the field parameter.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.