The Poodle computer bug: The what, how, and why for business

Fortune

By now you’ve probably heard of a new computer bug called Poodle. Sure, the name is adorable. (It really stands for the far less cute “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption.”) It was discovered by Google researchers two months ago. And, most importantly, cyber security researchers have determined that it’s less serious than the Heartbleed (from April) and Shellshock/Bash (from September) bugs.

But “less” is a relative term. The flaw demands a fix.

What you can do about it

Here’s the download if you’re willing to get a bit technical. If the web browsers on your machines still support the long since deprecated encryption protocol Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0, which is intended to securely connect computers and web servers, disable it yourself. It’s 15 years out of date.

As for which browsers: If you’re using Google Chrome version 40, you’re in good shape—SSL 3.0 is…

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