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Apple Avoids Heartbleed: Here’s Why

Apr 20 2014, 7:59am CDT | by , in News | Apple

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Apple Avoids Heartbleed: Here’s Why
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Apple didn't fall victim to the Heartbleed vulnerability due to Apple’s notorious control

The Hearbleed bug in OpenSSL was one of the biggest security vulnerabilities to ever hit the world of technology. Millions of people found their private information at risk, although Apple customers didn’t have anything to worry about, as Apple Balla reported.

Apple has always been known as a company that likes to control every aspect of development, which is why they began constructing their own security framework as early as 2001. They began ditching Open SSL in favor of Common Data Security Architecture, which was developed by Open Group to become a replacement for the previous open source architecture.

Apple encouraged developers to make the switch, but starting in 2006 they began constructing a system of their own that would help Apple software remain more stable on a version-to-version basis, ensuring everything consistently worked whenever changes were made.

By 2011 they had announced they were going to completely switch over to their own system, something that saved them once Heartbleed was discovered. Just weeks before Heartbleed, however, Apple suffered an attack on its own vulnerability, although it was nowhere near the damage that Heartbleed caused. While other companies have been struggling to patch the problem and encourage their customers to change their passwords to prevent unauthorized access, Apple customers have been safe knowing that the notorious levels of control that the company has put in place have paid off in the long run when their security is concerned.

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