May 27th, 2014, 17:57 PM
EBay flaw could let hackers hijack user accounts
A security researcher who found a major vulnerability in eBay's website last week said a second flaw he found hasn't been fixed and could be used to hijack user accounts.
Jordan Lee Jones, a 19-year-old college student who lives in Stockton-on-Tees, U.K, said he notified eBay on Friday by email of the second vulnerability. It hadn't been fixed as of Monday, so he decided to publish details of it on his blog.
"Ebay should be on top of their stuff," he said in an instant message conversation late Monday. EBay officials couldn't be reached in the U.S. due to the long holiday weekend.
Jones and several other security researchers have been taking a close look at eBay's network since the company disclosed a data breach last Thursday.
The company said attackers gained log-in credentials for a small number of employees in late February and early March. They eventually stole customer names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and birth dates.
Since it disclosed the breach, eBay has been criticized for not alerting customers more clearly and waiting for days to send a mass email advising customers to change their passwords.
The second vulnerability Jones found is a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw, where code from another source is executed within a website. He said the flaw could be used to grab cookies from logged-in eBay users who visit a page that has been injected with the attack code. The cookie would be emailed to the attacker, Jones said.