TechCrunch Europe this morning broke a story on a major security flaw with facebook that enables any user to view their friends’ live chats. It was also said that a user can access their friends’ pending friend-requests and see which friends they share in common.
Facebook sent a statement to TechCrunch on the flaw saying:
“For a limited period of time, a bug permitted some users’ chat messages and pending friend requests to be made visible to their friends by manipulating the “preview my profile” feature of Facebook privacy settings. When we received reports of the problem, our engineers promptly diagnosed it and temporarily disabled the chat function. We also pushed out a fix to take care of the visible friend requests which is now complete. Chat will be turned back on across the site shortly. We worked quickly to resolve this matter, ensuring that once the bug was reported to us, a solution was quickly found and implemented.”
Video Demonstration of the Facebook Security Flaw:
Credit: TechCrunch Europe
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