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'Heartbleed' fix may lead to online disruption and confusion

Published on Apr 16, 2014 4:56 AM
A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris on April 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The heartache from the Heartbleed Internet flaw is not over, and some experts say the fix may lead to online disruption and confusion.

The good news is that most sites deemed vulnerable have patched their systems or are in the process of doing so.

The bad news is that Web browsers may be overloaded by the overhaul of security certificates, leading to error messages and impacting Web performance, said Johannes Ullrich of the SANS Internet Storm Center.

"A good percentage of the websites are patched," Mr Ullrich told AFP.

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