New bugs uncovered in encryption software

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(Reuters) – bugs the widely used encryption software known as OpenSSL were disclosed on Thursday, though experts say do not pose a serious threat like the “Heartbleed” vulnerability the same technology that surfaced a year ago.

“Heartbleed” triggered panic throughout the computer industry when it was reported April 2014. That bug forced dozens of computers, software and networking equipment makers to issue patches for hundreds of , and their customers had to scour data centers to identify vulnerable equipment.

Cybersecurity watchers had feared the round of bugs would be as serious as “Heartbleed,” according to experts help companies identify vulnerabilities their networks. The concerns surfaced after the OpenSSL Project, which distributes OpenSSL software, warned several days ago that it planned to a batch of security patches.

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“You to take all vulnerabilities seriously, but ’m kind of disappointed. There’ been a week building up to this,” said Cris Thomas, a strategist with cybersecurity firm Tenable Network Security Inc.

The OpenSSL project released updates for four versions of the software, covering 12 security fixes for vulnerabilities reported to them in recent months by several cybersecurity researchers. The threats include one that makes affected systems vulnerable to so-called denial-of- that disrupt Web traffic, though none threaten the “crypto” technology used to encrypt data, Ristic said.

Ivan Ristic, director of application security with Qualys Inc, said he was not too concerned about the bugs because most involved programming errors in a version of OpenSSL, which is not widely used.

“It doesn’t seem a big story,” Ristic said. “ think people feared it would be bad, which is where all the hype came from.”