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Last week six new OpenSSL vulnerabilities were disclosed to the public. These exploits were quickly patched, but Heartbleed has left users wary about the safety of the OpenSSL.

Just how severe are these new vulnerabilities?

Listen to episode 153 of our security slice podcast and hear Craig Young and Tyler Reguly  discuss why none of these vulnerabilities are as serious as Heartbleed, why sensationalism in the security industry makes it difficult to gauge the impact of new vulnerabilities, and why these new disclosures should increase your confidence in OpenSSL.

Also, check out this handy Detection Script for CVE-2014-0224 (the OpenSSL CCS Injection) – it is designed to recognize when an SSL server does not actively reject an early CCS message. This behavior is indicative of whether an OpenSSL library has been patched to enforce the proper message order.

The script is designed for detection of vulnerable servers in a wide range of configurations.  It attempts to negotiate using each affected protocol version (SSLv3, TLSv1, TLSv1.1, and TLSv1.2) advertising a comprehensive set of ciphers.

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