The Coalfire Labs Blog

Welcome to the Coalfire Labs Blog, a resource covering the most important issues in IT security and compliance.  The Coalfire Labs blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • POODLE vulnerability assessment

    October 15, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Vulnerability Summary: The POODLE vulnerability is due to a bug in SSL protocol, whereas Heartbleed and Shellshock were vulnerability due to a bug in software.  Heartbleed and Shellshock were confined to systems that ran vulnerable versions of software, whereas POODLE affects any system running any software that implements SSL 3.0, which is a widely implemented protocol used to provide encrypted network transmissions.  This is an “industry-wide” vulnerability.  Of Heartbleed and Shellshock, POODLE is most similar to Heartbleed as both Heartbleed and POODLE exploit vulnerabilities having to do with SSL. 

  • Heartbleed Vulnerability Bug: What You Need to Know

    April 10, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    The widely publicized heartbleed bug (http://heartbleed.com/) may be impacting as many as 500,000 systems across the Internet.  Heartbleed is the name of a vulnerability in the OpenSSL program that powers encrypted communication to many of the world's web sites and private networks.  Below you will find out who is affected, what the workarounds are and how Coalfire can help.

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