[[Infowarrior] - NSA Said to Have Used Heartbleed Bug for Years]

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Sat Apr 12 01:03:10 UTC 2014

On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM, Peter Kristolaitis <alter3d at alter3d.ca> wrote:
> I would imagine that federal contractors have to adhere to FIPS 140-2
> standards (or some similar requirement) for sensitive environments, and none
> of the affected OpenSSL versions were certified to any FIPS standard... the
> last version that WAS certified (0.9.8j) is only rated to Level 1, which,
> being the lowest possible rating, I suspect is not permitted for use by NSA
> contractors -- they're probably required to use level 3 or 4 for everything.

Some of the time, sure. And some of the time they buy Red Hat Linux
off the shelf like everybody else. They have budgets too. They can't
do everything at the highest protection level. Or did you think they
were above and immune to the ordinary business realities of the 21st

Bill Herrin

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