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Security The Almighty Buck

Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million? 80

Posted by samzenpus
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darthcamaro (735685) writes "The Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability has dominated IT security headlines for two weeks now as the true impact the flaw and its reach is being felt. But what will all of this cost? One figure that has been suggested is $500 million, using the 2001 W.32 Nimda worm as a precedent. Is that number too low — or is it too high?"
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

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  • by perpenso (1613749) on Monday April 21, 2014 @12:03PM (#46806351)

    There's no indication yet that any of the big U.S. corps most affected by this want to pony up the cash for a full security audit, though maybe some have employees working on it internally (for their own servers' versions, or maybe to share upstream).

    Perhaps the money is going to a more qualified team, the OpenBSD team (fyi - OpenSSH is also theirs, OpenSSL was not). They are doing a massive cleanup pass on the OpenSSL code which is to be followed by a security audit of the code.

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