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This article provides information about the FREAK vulnerability (CVE-2015-0204) as well as how to avoid it.


What is FREAK Vulnerability?

The FREAK (Factoring RSA Export Keys) vulnerability is a security flaw which forces secure connections to use weaker encryption – this can allow the cybercriminals to facilitate MiTM (Man-in-the-Middle) attack in order to steal or manipulate sensitive data.

The FREAK attack is possible when a vulnerable browser connects to a susceptible web server—a server that accepts weaker encryption.

What should I do?

Avoid using the following browsers which are known to be affected by this vulnerability:

  • Default Browser (Android)
  • Google Chrome (Android and Mac OS)
  • Internet Explorer (Windows)
  • Opera (Mac OS and Linux)
  • Safari (Mac OS and iOS)
  • Black Berry Browser

You can visit the Censys - The FREAK Attack website to check if your browser is affected.

 

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