Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Google plugs Gmail data leak flaw

CNET "Google has fixed a security hole in several of its services that exposed the address books of Gmail users, the company said Tuesday.
An attacker could create a malicious Web site that would copy all the entries in a Gmail user's address book, a potential treasure trove for spammers, according to a description of the problem on the 'Googling Google' blog. The only condition is that the user would have to be logged in to Gmail or another Google service.
The issue came to light after Google watcher Haochi Chen probed a feature in Google Video over the weekend. The feature, called 'Pick People to Email,' lets users select contacts from their Gmail address book to send them a video. However, the feature also opened up the address book to others, Chen discovered. "

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