Heartbleed did not affect iOS, OS X and other web services: Apple


The ongoing Heartbleed scare has been worrying many tech enthusiasts, but there seems to be some hope for Apple users. The Cupertino giant has disclosed that its mobile, desktop and web services aren’t affected by the Internet flaw. “Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected,” an Apple spokesperson told Re/code.

 

Yesterday, Twitter also issued a statement on its Status page. Other companies like Yahoo, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have acknowledged the problem and are working to fix the problem. With the exception of limited Android 4.1.1, reportedly no version of Android was affected, according to Google.

 

Heartbleed is an Internet bug that has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The problem affects only the variant of SSL/TLS known as OpenSSL, but that happens to be one of the most common on the Internet.

 

A new report claims that a German software developer named Robin Seggelmann introduced the flaw two years ago accidentally. He reportedly was only trying to improve OpenSSL and working on an update. In one of the new features, he missed validating a variable containing a length and so did his co-workers. The result of this breach was anyone could snoop on the computer servers and steal information. Seggelmann calls it a simple programming error that wasn’t intended to harm anyone.

 

Click here to know why you should be worried about the Heartbleed Internet threat, and check the list of websites affected by the bug including Gmail, Facebook and Yahoo.


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