2011/05/11

Facebook removed data leak after four years

Software professionals by security firm Symantec data have discovered a leak on Facebook. This affects the release of certain data requests for Facebook applications. According to Symantec, had a third party - primarily Facebook's advertising clients - access to Facebook profiles, photos, and chats. They had messages on behalf of those affected can send even status.


The reason for the unintentional openness: Carotenoids were transferred to advertisers so-called access tokens of the users. This is basically it for spare keys for full access to profile data of Facebook users, explain the Symantec experts. By April an estimated 100,000 Facebook apps have had this error by access to such access tokens. Every day about 20 million Facebook apps were installed. Since the error also was the introduction of Facebook apps in the year 2007 there is the potential for harm is huge - at least in theory.

For security reason you should immediately change his Facebook password, recommended Nishant Doshi and Candid Wueest. That was about the same as if you replace the lock on his front door - so that the spare key would be useless.

14 comments:

Gaston said...

Wow, it only took them 4 years? Lol, freaking A, if facebook takes that long, imagine how long the govt takes to fix problems.

Tuneroll said...

wow this is weird.. haha

fit4life said...

jeez! took'em long enough!

Paulie Pecans said...

After 4 years, it's not a security flaw anymore, it's a feature.

AllenTesch said...

Haha, Paulie.

ThirteenCats said...

most FB users are so willing to allow apps access to all their data that this probably wasn't providing anything new

Hannah said...

a mere 4 years? psh!

Gambling Degenerate said...

wow four years is a long time for soemthing like this to go unchanged. this is quite ridiculous

i.Mo said...

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Jay Reid said...

Wow... fast... (lol)

Ephedrine said...

facebooks taking a page out of sony's book

WhitUK said...

shocking

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