Feeds

Security hole found in Click TV Web site

Passwords, email addresses -- the lot

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing security risks from open source software

A security hole in Click TV's Web site will allow access to individuals' email addresses and passwords through a simple routine which a five year old could crack. We will not reveal here how the system works but have independently verified that it is possible to obtain email addresses and passwords using a simple sequence of commands that take only a minute or so. The information was supplied by a reader who says that TV Data is one of the largest television listings firms in the US, used by many third party newspapers and magazines. The reader said: "Now, I realize that there is little appeal in harvesting accounts from a television listings site (of all things). Unless, of course, sucking user name + password + e-mail address combinations out of their boxes by the thousands would appeal to certain individuals." He said the hole first appeared four-five months ago, after a redesign of the site. He added: "The problem with this hole is that a simple script could be written, allowing thousands of user name + password + e-mail address combinations to be sucked up; a true gold mine for spammers, and a potential security risk for users. "After all, many folks foolishly use the same password for everything in the world they need one for. If "Jane Doe" used "okeeffee" as his dial-up ISP account password, a "hacker" would need only find one of Fallsearth.com's dial-in numbers for instant internet access. But I'm sure this is wildly obvious." After experimenting for several minutes, we were able to reproduce our reader's experiences. If someone from Click TV cares to email us over the weekend, we will point to the hole and demonstrate how it works so the company can fix it. A statement on Click TV's site says: "Logins and cookies are used to identify return users and maintain preferences and settings such as your channel lineup. TVData does use general demographic information such as ZIP code, age and gender for the purpose of defining our overall clickTV user profile to advertisers." ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.