Security experts have confirmed a suspected vulnerability in the Debian and Ubuntu Linux operating systems.
Application vulnerability specialist Fortify Software confirmed the findings of a research posting to the Debian security list last week, which details a critical security vulnerability in the OpenSSL packages within Debian and Ubuntu.
Fredrick Lee, a researcher with Fortify, said that the posting actually understates the potential seriousness of the flaw, which affects the Open Secure Sockets Layer.
"We're calling this vulnerability `insecure randomness' since it allows an attacker to predict the SSL cryptographic keys used for supposedly secure online transactions," he said.
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