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Re: Google Accounts Security Vulnerability
From: "Michael J. Gray" <mgray () emitcode com>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2012 18:33:53 -0700

I received this message from a Google employee. I figure since it's a
response to my post, it should go here as well.

It seems that by design there are cases where this exact situation can
happen. But I am very curious as to why they would ever permit this?

 

In the situation I had, it involved an account logged on strictly from one
state in the US to suddenly an IP coming from Israel and I was able to
circumvent the security questions with the method described. 

 

From: Daniel Margolis [mailto:dmargolis () google com] 
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 9:53 AM
To: mgray () emitcode com
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Google Accounts Security Vulnerability

 

Hi, Michael, 

 

I work on this system. There are some cases where this exact thing can
happen by design, but I would love to confirm that that's what happened and
that we don't have some other bug I don't know about. 

 

Would you be willing to give me the account name to allow me to look at our
logs and determine what happened here? 

 

Thanks, and thanks for noticing this and taking the time to report it. 

 

Dan

 

From: Michael J. Gray <mgray () emitcode com>

Date: Sat, May 12, 2012 at 4:22 AM
Subject: [Full-disclosure] Google Accounts Security Vulnerability
To: full-disclosure () lists grok org uk



Effective since May 1, 2012.

Products Affected: All Google account based services

 

Upon attempting to log-in to my Google account while away from home, I was
presented with a message that required me to confirm various details about
my account in order to ensure I was a legitimate user and not just someone
who came across my username and password. Unable to remember what my phone
number from 2004 was, I looked for a way around it.

The questions presented to me were:

    Complete the email address: a******g () gmail com

    Complete the phone number: (425) 4**-***7

 

Since this was presented to me, I was certain I had my username and password
correct.

From there, I simply went to check my email via IMAP at the new location.

I was immediately granted access to my email inboxes with no trouble.

 

From there, I attempted to log-in to my Google account with the same
username and password.

To my surprise, I was not presented with any questions to confirm my
identity.

This completes the steps required to bypass this account hijacking
counter-measure.

 

This just goes to show that even the largest corporations that employ teams
of security experts, can also overlook very simple issues.


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