Social media security flaws can have disastrous consequences for individuals due to their massive use and the amount of sensitive information circulating on these platforms. Amol Baikar, researcher specializing in vulnerability testing has reported the finding of a zero-day vulnerability in a Facebook login feature that should be considered highly serious for users.
The vulnerability is related to the “Login with Facebook” feature is based on the Open Authorization 2.0 (OAuth 2.0) authorization protocol to exchange tokens between the official social network site and third-party sites. If exploited, the flaw would allow a threat actor to take control of the OAuth flow and extract the access token, compromising users’ accounts.
While the endpoint was adequately protected against other known security flaws, the vulnerability testing specialist decided to try other ways to modify the authentication flow and steal the target user’s access token.
Token interception completes by adding a new phone number to sign up for the target account. Successful exploiting of this vulnerability gives threat actors full write and read privileges, including messages, photos, and videos, as long as the privacy controls of the target account have not been customized.
The vulnerability testing expert reported the flaw to Facebook through the social network rewards program, which recognized the report and implemented a correction as soon as possible. According to the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS), Baikar would have received a reward of up to $50k USD, the highest amount Facebook has given to a client-side vulnerability report.
He is a well-known expert in mobile security and malware analysis. He studied Computer Science at NYU and started working as a cyber security analyst in 2003. He is actively working as an anti-malware expert. He also worked for security companies like Kaspersky Lab. His everyday job includes researching about new malware and cyber security incidents. Also he has deep level of knowledge in mobile security and mobile vulnerabilities.