31 Jan '13, 4am

hacked, interrupting Heroku services and putting sites using Rails at risk

Ruby package distributor RubyGems.org was hacked today, disrupting web developers globally and causing service shutdowns at popular hosting service Heroku. “There was a vulnerability with RubyGems.org which allowed someone to execute code on the server,” a Ruby programmer I talked to said. “RubyGems is a big target, because if you could break in and change a Rails gem, you could gain access to a lot of servers.” Popular sites such as Twitter, Groupon, AirBnB, and Hulu are built using Ruby on Rails, a framework built in the Ruby programming language. Ruby gems are packages of code that allow developers to distribute programs or libraries, and RubyGems.org is the central means the Ruby community has to publish and distribute those gems. Essentially, if a black hat hacker can corrupt those gems, he or she could potentially gain control of thousands, if not millions of sites a...

Full article: http://venturebeat.com/2013/01/30/rubygems-org-hacked-int...

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