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Tommy Armendariz

Check for Heartbleed Vulnerabilites with Chromebleed

By April 16, 2014

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ChromebleedThere are multiple scanners available that you can use to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug. These scanners require you to manually enter the websites you want to inspect. If you're looking for a more intuitive approach, I recommend using Google Chrome's extension called Chromebleed.

When installed, Chromebleed notifies you if a website is currently vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. Evidently, Chromebleed is only compatible with Google's Chrome browser and can't be used with other popular Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera.

To install Chromebleed, open your Google Chrome Internet browser.  Then, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the bar on the top right corner with three black horizontal bars on it.  From there, click on "Settings."
  2. On the upper left corner of the Settings page, click on "Extensions."
  3. Click on "Get more extensions."
  4. On the Search box, type Chromebleed and press enter.
  5. Click the blue "+ Free" button to install Chromebleed, and then click "Add" on the confirmation box.

Chromebleed will run in the background when using Google Chrome.  You will notice a Chromebleed icon (bleeding heart) directly to the left of the "Settings" button.  Right-click on the Chromebleed icon and click on "Options." Ensure you have the "Notifications Activated" and "Show All Notifications" boxes checked. With these options enabled, Chromebleed will notify you if the site you're visiting is protected from the Heartbleed bug.

May 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm
(1) Ed says:

I think the most recent version of Chromebleed can be found in the <a href=”https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stopbleed/okdekadbjjhbnlmldheinccioijofhgc” title=”Stopbleed”>Stopbleed</a> extension now. It is the same guy who did most of the work on the Chromebleed extension. I checked Github and he did most of the work on chromebleed. I am not sure why chromebleed’s author has not gave him attribution for all the work he did. Also, he wrote a pretty cool extension called “Heartbleed Search” that injects the search page with the status of the links.

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