On Monday, a critical vulnerability called Hearbleed was disclosed in OpenSSL, which is a popular software library that performs SSL encryption on the Internet.
This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.
Upon learning of the vulnerability, our host provider, Stratosec, engaged it's critical patch management response policy. All of our systems have been patched.
If you wish to see if your server (if you are not hosted with Pro Design) is vulnerable, you can test at http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/