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OAuth, OpenID Flaw: 7 Facts

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OAuth, OpenID Flaw: 7 FactsAuthentication-protocol implementation security flaws are not as serious as Heartbleed, but Facebook and other sites must be fixed, say security experts.

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The recently disclosed security flaws in some implementations of the widely used OAuth and OpenID website authentication mechanisms are serious. But they're not nearly as bad as the recently discovered Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, and they pose much less of an immediate and direct threat to people's personal information.

That's the message from numerous security researchers who have been investigating the details of security flaws in OAuth 2.0 and OpenID. Mathematics Ph.D. student Wang Jing issued a covert redirect vulnerability warning earlier this month.

"The vulnerability could lead to open redirect attacks to both clients and providers of OAuth 2.0 or OpenID," Wang said. "Almost all major OAuth...(continued)

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