Facebook Security Vulnerability – Is it really that simple?

So last night I received an email invite from some random person on Facebook who I don’t know. These are the sort of emails which I usually receive but hardly pay any heed till this one happened:

Step 1: Received an email on account of some other person – thanks to error correction feature in Gmail.

Email Request Recd

Step 2: Clicked on the email link provided by Facebook and it opened a user’s FB page which was an unauthorized access for me.

I haven’t reproducing this vulnerability by creating a test facebook profile with a erroneous email address but

Step 1: Received an email on account of some other person – thanks to error correction feature in Gmail.
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Facebook Privacy Update

Finally after couple of protests, few thousand lost members and coverage on CNN, Facebook Privacy policy is back to where it was. Not that the earlier one was any good – but better than “Facebook owns all your data” statement.

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WizMouse is a mouse enhancement utility that makes your mouse wheel work on the window currently under the mouse pointer, instead of the currently focused window. Have been looking for this from the day I moved to Windows full time from Mac.

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Opera 10 alpha

Opera recently released alpha version of their next generation browser- Opera 10. I have never been an Opera user, but Presto engine and the 100/100 on acid test – I must admit, I am tempted.

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Nokia N97

Looks like it’s a good idea to wait till H1 09 before I change my iPhone.

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Pownce Shutting Down

Pownce has been acquired by Six Apart and hence is shutting down.

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Mumbai Terrorist Attacks: Analysis

Bruce quite rightly, and crisply sums up the analysis of Mumbai Terrorist Attacks. Read Here

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Terror in Mumbai

Mumbai Mayhem

Mumbai Mayhem

While watching the series of attacks in Mumbai last night, I could do nothing but hope that things would be not as bad. By morning, the news showed 80 Dead and several hundreds injured. By afternoon, it was a hostage drama.

While people make facebook groups, write blog posts and discuss the failure of Indian security system, the bottomline remains – there is nothing one can do but to hope. Hope that one day, India will invest time in checking its security system instead of sending missions to moon, India will make it safe for her population than handling pirates at the high seas, India will remember the 13 bomb attacks this year than just those buttered speeches by LK Advani and Sonia Gandhi, and India will one day value her people’s life than just counting them as dead bodies.

To those affected directly and indirectly, I feel sorry and helpless. I feel guilty for spending about half of my expected life span in the country and yet not being able to contribute to making it a better place. On this day, while Mumbai Police – so called one of the top 10 tries to combat terror, I read this:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

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Privacy Policies: Perception vs. Reality

Privacy Policies: Perception vs. Reality: I have always wanted to write a paper on indian context of Privacy.

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iPhone 2.0 is here

After spending couple of hours on #iphonedev and going through details of recently released pwnage tool, I finally took the plunge and upgraded my iPhone firmware to 2.0. I still enjoy iPhone 1st Gen as there is a little probability of me using GPS. And, 3G is going to take some more time.

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