Be wary of the ‘FREAK’ Bug infecting computers and smartphones

March 9, 2015

Bug can allow malicious software to infect your PC.

Microsoft recently announced that users are currently prone the ‘FREAK’ bug – a type of encryption security bug that might allow hackers to infiltrate and infect PCs. The issue was thought to only be restricted to mobile devices and Mac users, but Microsoft has confirmed that the bug is also present on Windows-based computers.

In an advisory, the company said, “Microsoft is aware of a security feature bypass vulnerability in Secure Channel (Schannel) that affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. Our investigation has verified that the vulnerability could allow an attacker to force the downgrading of the cipher suites used in an SSL/TLS connection on a Windows client system.”

An update is on the way and that Microsoft should be rolling out to Windows users shortly. Microsoft also advised network administrators to employ some rules that would disable some of the weaker encryption settings on Windows servers. Apple also announced that they will be rolling out a security update to fix the issue. Additionally, Google is also working with its partners to patch the bug on its Android devices.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for www.T3ME.com which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.