New Facebook Photo API Bug Exposes Photos 6.8 Million Users

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  • Facebook disclosed a new Photo API bug which might have exposed photos of 6.8 Million users
  • The bug allowed third-party apps to access to users photos shared on other Marketplace or Facebook stories.
  • The flaw exposed user photos for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018.
  • Facebook has already fixed the flaw and started to notify potentially impacted users

Facebook has disclosed that a bug in the Photo API might have exposed photos of 6.8 Million users by allowing access to third-party apps.

Yesterday Facebook announced in a post that their internal investigation team discovered a photo API bug impacting users who used Facebook login and allowed third-party apps to access their photos.

Usually, when users grant permission for apps to access their photos Facebook apps can only access photos shared on their timeline. The Photo API bug allowed 876 developers to access users photos shared on other marketplace or Facebook stories.

The bug also exposed photos which users uploaded but chooses not to post it.

According to Facebook, the bug exposed user photos for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018.

“Currently, we believe this may have affected up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. The only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos. “

Facebook said they have already fixed the flaw and started to notify potentially impacted user via an alert on Facebook.

Facebook also advised users to log in to apps which they have shared their Facebook photos and confirm which all photos they access to.

“We’re sorry this happened. Early next week we will be rolling out tools for app developers that will allow them to determine which people using their app might be impacted by this bug. We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users.” said in the post published by Facebook.

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