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5/6/2016
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The 10 Worst Vulnerabilities of The Last 10 Years

From the thousands of vulns that software vendors disclosed over the past 10 years, a few stand out for being a lot scarier than the rest.
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OpenSSL Heartbleed Vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)


The Heartbleed Bug in the OpenSSL cryptographic library exposed SSL-based websites and software to attacks that would have allowed information theft on an unprecedented scale. Nearly one-third of all major websites were believed vulnerable to the issue when Heartbleed was first disclosed in April 2014.


Because the vulnerability existed in the SSL/TLS encryption that websites and software use to protect information, the bug gave attackers an opportunity to eavesdrop on Web traffic, spoof users and servers and steal data directly from them.

'Heartbleed, is arguably one of the most severe and widely referenced vulnerabilities to date,' says David Chartier, vice president of marketing at Synopsys, the firm that was at the time known as Codenomicon, which discovered the threat. 'Clever nickname and iconic logo aside, Heartbleed affected over 600,000 websites alone and allowed attackers to siphon private keys and privileged credentials that could be used to eavesdrop, steal data, and impersonate users without leaving a forensic trail,' Chartier says.


Image Source: Leena Snidate / Codenomicon

Source Location: Wikimedia Commons

OpenSSL Heartbleed Vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)

The Heartbleed Bug in the OpenSSL cryptographic library exposed SSL-based websites and software to attacks that would have allowed information theft on an unprecedented scale. Nearly one-third of all major websites were believed vulnerable to the issue when Heartbleed was first disclosed in April 2014.

Because the vulnerability existed in the SSL/TLS encryption that websites and software use to protect information, the bug gave attackers an opportunity to eavesdrop on Web traffic, spoof users and servers and steal data directly from them.

Heartbleed, is arguably one of the most severe and widely referenced vulnerabilities to date, says David Chartier, vice president of marketing at Synopsys, the firm that was at the time known as Codenomicon, which discovered the threat. Clever nickname and iconic logo aside, Heartbleed affected over 600,000 websites alone and allowed attackers to siphon private keys and privileged credentials that could be used to eavesdrop, steal data, and impersonate users without leaving a forensic trail, Chartier says.

Image Source: Leena Snidate / Codenomicon

Source Location: Wikimedia Commons

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nathanwburke
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5/9/2016 | 12:05:52 PM
Re: OS vulnerabilities
It's a good point you raise about Mac vulnerabilities. Macs are certainly increasing in the enterprise, yet security products have been largely windows-centric. With attackers looking for a way in to gain access to other data on the network, a macbook without the same protection as the windows machines would be an attractive target. 
Joe Stanganelli
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5/9/2016 | 9:14:01 AM
Re: OS vulnerabilities
@Ryan: Plus, only in the past few years have people even started to pay much attention to Apple platform security.  For years, as Apple's market share was relatively tiny, people -- including attackers -- didn't care much.
RyanSepe
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5/9/2016 | 7:45:29 AM
Shellshock and Heartbleed
As they were not too long ago I know all to well the scramblings behind trying to remediate these two major vulnerabilities. They were so well publicized that non-security sides of the organization were inquiring about the patching efforts.
RyanSepe
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5/9/2016 | 7:41:56 AM
Re: OS vulnerabilities
Yes, I think you will start to see this as more of a commonality with the increasing Mac footprint in the market. It hasn't quite extended over to the corporate side as fast as it has from a personal perspective but regardless Mac is definitely becoming more prevalent then before. With that comes more code for the OS and more opportunities for open holes.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/8/2016 | 12:03:07 PM
OS vulnerabilities
It's one thing to look at the past ten years in a single lump, but it's also worth noting that many more vulnerabilities are being found for Apple OS's than Microsoft OS's these days.

Case in point: informationweek.com/ios-security-reports-say-no-iphone-is-safe/a/d-id/1319750
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