Google Addressing OpenSSL “Heartbleed” Bug in Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps

Posted by at 1:29 pm on April 9, 2014

In the wake of the disclosure of the OpenSSL “Heartbleed” bug, search engine Google has patched its systems to counter the day-zero flaw. While nothing that Google Chrome and ChromeOS aren’t affected, the search engine behemoth has fixed any issues with Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps, and App Engine.

Specialty services that Google provides need some care by the user to guarantee security. Customers of CloudSQL should use whitelisting to ensure that only known hosts can access instances. Customers need to manually update OpenSSL on each running instance of the Google Compute Engine, then follow with a reboot. Google Search Appliance customers have yet to see a patch.

Most of Google’s Android OS devices are safe from the flaw, with the exception of those running Android 4.1.1. Patching information is being provided to developers and distributors of Android 4.1.1 hardware, with security being the responsibility of the partner. The Samsung Galaxy S 3 smartphone is a device commonly associated with Android 4.1.1.

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