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HEARTBLEEDER(1) test servers for OpenSSL CVE-2014-0160 aka Heartbleed HEARTBLEEDER(1)


heartbleeder - Test servers for OpenSSL CVE-2014-0160, aka Heartbleed


heartbleeder [options] host[:443]


heartbleeder is a tool that tests remotely (over a network) if a system is compromised by an insecure OpenSSL service, in accordance with CVE-2014-0160, aka Heartbleed.

More about Heartbleed Bug can be viewed at


Path to a newline separated file with hosts or IPs.
Address to serve HTTP dashboard from.
Check PostgreSQL TLS. This option is incompatible with -hostfile.
Seconds to wait before rechecking secure hosts.
Seconds to wait before retesting a host after an unfavorable response.
Timeout after sending heartbeat.
Number of workers to scan hosts with, only used with hostfile flag.


Multiple hosts may be monitored by setting '-hostfile' flag to a file with newline separated addresses. A web dashboard will be available at 'http://localhost:5000' by default.

Postgres uses OpenSSL in a slightly different way. To test whether a Postgres server is vulnerable, run the following (defaults to port 5432). Example:

$ heartbleeder -pg


No guarantees are made about the accuracy of results, and you should verify them independently by checking your OpenSSL build.


heartbleeder was written by Jonathan Rudenberg <>. The TLS implementation was borrowed from the Go standard library. This manual page was written by Joao Eriberto Mota Filho <> for the Debian project (but may be used by others). The heartbleeder help page was the source.