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Google plugs more services vs Heartbleed; bug biting millions of Androids

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While Google was quick to patch its services to close the security hole caused by the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL, the same bug may still be hounding millions of Android devices worldwide. Google patched most of its services last week (including Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App Engine). Recently, the search company also updated the list of patched services to include Google AdWords, DoubleClick, Maps, Maps Engine, Earth, Analytics, and Tag Manager — all of which the company claims to have been patched last week but were “inadvertently left out” of the original list. In the same announcement…

Your phone has Heartbleed? Lookout’s Detector app can tell

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Following this week’s discovery of the serious Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL, mobile security company Lookout released an Android tool that will help users detect the presence of the security vulnerability on their Android devices. The Heartbleed bug allows malicious intruders to exploit a vulnerability in the OpenSSL library, thereby exposing confidential and encrypted data that were normally protected by SSL/TLS encryption. Vulnerability detection Lookout’s detector app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and does nothing else but identify the OpenSSL version being used on the Android device, check for the existence of Heartbleed, and, if it…