Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Serious Wake-up Call

by Bruce Kleinman, FSVadvisors, foreword by Kevin Morris

Imagine if you woke up one morning, and found out that Walmart was now selling a device for $5 that could easily and instantly open almost any deadbolt lock. That’s right - the kind of lock that is supposed to give “extra protection” to just about every door on earth. That’s the magnitude of security problem posed by the Heartbleed Bug.

Contributing columnist Bruce Kleinman wrote the first half of this article and posted it to his “From Silicon Valley” blog on April 6, 2014. The timing of the post was a remarkable coincidence: just 36 hours before the Heartbleed Bug started making headlines.

As the creators of technology, we engineers need to re-think our commitment to security and safety. The systems we design don’t just earn us money – they are often trusted to protect people’s lives, privacy, and assets. This is a solemn responsibility that is all too often overlooked or given short shrift in our ongoing race to get timing closure, first silicon, working prototypes, and volume shipments.  Read More

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Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/15/14 at 4:42 PM by kleinman

Your point is good one--and a good reminder--that you cannot have perfect security on the Internet. We can have dramatically BETTER security on the Internet and NOT at the expense of ease-of-use.

Improvement vector #1: use Physically Unclonable Functi…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/15/14 at 3:35 PM by TotallyLost

The alarms have been steadily going off for nearly two decades, yet each new breach is accepted as fixed when a patch/upgrade is released for a particular flaw. The design of SSL, and it's widespread dependence, has always bothered me ... I wrote aggressi…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/15/14 at 11:52 AM by kevin

What do you think should be done to better secure our systems and protect our customers?

Testing Out the Rules

Posted on 04/14/14 at 11:13 AM by bmoyer

How does Sage DA's design rule testing methodology sound to you?

Hard Hats in Place

Posted on 04/11/14 at 10:35 AM by amelia

What do you think about my plans to revitalize EELive?

New Approaches to Old Problems

Posted on 04/10/14 at 11:38 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Are these new technologies going to transform our business? Or will we keep pushing silicon to even further limits?

EUV Blasts through 100 W

Posted on 04/08/14 at 12:06 PM by bmoyer

Ah, the legacy of the interwebs... nothing is evanescent; it all lasts forever. I hope the wound heals soon.

“Softly” Defined Networks

Posted on 04/08/14 at 10:32 AM by kevin

Does this move us closer to the ideal line card - soft-configurable to handle anything without new hardware, without rolling a truck, and without shutting down service?

Mapping the Great Indoors

Posted on 04/07/14 at 9:43 AM by bmoyer

Do you think indoor and outdoor maps will ever merge as a complete continuum? Or will they maintain some separation?

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