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Heartbleed’s Heartache: Not Over Yet

While the infamous Heartbleed virus reared its ugly head back in April, a recent report showed that over 300,000 unpatched servers could still be at-risk. According to Errata Security’s Robert Graham, efforts to patch remaining systems are slowing drastically.

As reported by PC World, Graham found that there are about 309,197 systems still vulnerable to Heartbleed, which is a slight drop from the figure of 318,239 he found in May.

When Heartbleed was first discovered, Errata found 600,000 vulnerable systems, which decreased to approximately half of that number within the first month.

Graham explained in a blog post that while he expects to see a decrease in Heartbleed vulnerabilities – mainly when older hardware gets swapped out for newer servers that have upgraded software – he still expects “to find thousands of systems, including critical ones, still vulnerable” 10 years from now.

Graham explained that he found the figure by scanning servers over port 443, the most common interface server’s use for SSL connections. He plans to run Heartbleed vulnerability scans again in July, October, and then one year later.

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