If you have been very active with the tech news these days then you must already know about the recent and high impact bug called as Heartbleed. The bug was detected this Monday by found by researchers from Codenomicon and Google, and since then it has been in news every day. It severely compromises the integrity of secure communications and there isn’t a whole lot consumers of the Internet can do to protect themselves.
What is Heartbleed bug?
Heartbleed is a software flaw in the OpenSSL “Heartbeats” function that helps keep secure connections alive. This function was found to be vulnerable to manipulation in a way that allows an attacker to steal up to 64K of data at a time from the active memory of affected systems.
While most of the affected sites had already patched themselves to stay protected, there are some which are still vulnerable. Moreover, it would like a shock to you that your android phone might be also vulnerable to this bug. While everyone has been talking about how Heartbleed affects servers and Internet infrastructure, it also affects mobile devices.
How to find out if your Andoid device is vulnerable to Heartbleed?
If you are running the Android version 4.1.1 then chances are you are affected. The famous PC protection company Lookout had come up with an app for the Android devices that can scan and tell if your phone is also susceptible to this flaw or not. This app determines what version of OpenSSL your device is using and then checks to see if the specific vulnerable feature called Heartbeats is enabled.
The app, called Heartbleed Detector, only scans your device and reports the results however don’t provide you any way to fix it.
How to fix the problem, if your device is vulnerable to Heartbleed?
If the app Heartbleed Detector, finds out that your phone is affected and also vulnerable (as shown here in the last screenshot), then you definitely need to fix it. The only way to fix it, however, is the patch provided by your service provider in the software update. So just go to your settings and check if you have any software upgrade available for your phone. If you do, then upgrade it as soon as possible. [via]