ETS's Test Registration Platforms Unaffected by Heartbleed Bug


Princeton, N.J. (April 11, 2014) —

ETS became aware of the concerns regarding an Internet software security flaw known as the Heartbleed Bug and immediately began an assessment to determine the impact, if any, to our services.

The Heartbleed Bug takes advantage of a software defect that allows hackers to access encrypted websites and potentially access users’ personal information such as bank account numbers and passwords.

The vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, the technology affected by the Heartbleed Bug, are not used on ETS’s customer-facing systems, so those systems, and the sensitive data of our test takers and other customers are not at risk from this flaw.

Thus, the Heartbleed Bug does not pose a threat to any of the ETS’s test registration platforms on the web including the GRE®, TOEFL®, TOEIC®, PRAXIS®, HiSET, and GACE programs or any programs administered on behalf of the College Board®.

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.