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Valve Working on Steam OpenSSL Security Vulnerability
Steam services are said to currently have a dangerous vulnerability with their code, an exploit which allows hackers to decrypt data from vulnerable OpenLSS websites and steal data without leaving any trace.
SteamDB reported the exploit earlier today, which according to them is called a ‘Heartbleed Bug’ and it’s a serious threat. Their Twitter account further stated that it effects every Steam user once they are logged in. However, the chance of a normal user getting his data stolen is very less as compared to a developer’s or Steam’s partners.
SteamDB is warning everyone to refrain from logging into their Steam accounts until Valve officially updates us on a fix.
The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.
Valve has already been reported but they have yet to post any announcement regarding the case. We probably will hear from them in the next couple of hours.