POODLE Malware DescriptionType: Possibly Unwanted Program
The POODLE vulnerability refers to a security flaw that can allow cybercriminals to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack. The POODLE bug allows the execution of attacks on web browser-based communication between clients and servers that use the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. The Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the preferred encryption for communications, but Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are known to use SSL when TLS is not available. Therefore, they are exposed to exploits in this manner. Cyber attackers could monitor Wi-Fi hotspots and decrypt HTTPS encrypted traffic that can allow them to corrupt the data exchanged between two or more communicating devices. Security experts conclude that the POODLE flaw could grant hackers the opportunity to send malware to numerous computers, tablets, and smartphones. However, web giants such as Google and Mozilla have released patches that limit or eliminate SSL encryption, but web surfers may want to install a trusted anti-malware shield as an extra protection.
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