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Another Snapchat security flaw could flood your inbox with messages

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Another Snapchat security flaw could flood your inbox with messages
Not too long ago, there were rumors that Snapchat could be worth somewhere around three to four billion dollars to the right buyer. Unfortunately, since then the app has seen a string of security flaws batter the user experience, and likely decrease the value of the company itself, which can't seem to fix flaws as fast as they are uncovered.

The latest security flaw was reportedly found by Telefonica consultant Jaime Sanchez, and it would allow a malicious user to essentially reuse old message tokens to send new messages. Using this method, someone could potentially flood your inbox with hundreds or thousands of messages. As yet, there is no evidence that the flaw has been exploited to cause actual problems for anyone. But, when Sanchez demonstrated the attack for a reporter at The LA Times (video at the source), he was able to send 1000 messages to the account in about five seconds. This kind of attack will cause an iPhone to crash and reboot. Androids could fare better depending on the specs, but it will still cause a major slowdown.

Even worse for Snapchat, Sanchez said that he hasn't even bothered reporting the flaw to Snapchat itself because of how the company responded to earlier reports of security flaws. Essentially, when earlier flaws were reported to Snapchat, according to Sanchez, "Snapchat didn't care."

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posted on 07 Feb 2014, 22:19

1. Anshulonweb (Posts: 298; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Snapchat should have taken that money from google...... Everything is going downside from them....

posted on 08 Feb 2014, 01:02

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7707; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Snapchat, get your stuff together.

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