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Security Alerts: July 7, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / July 7, 2004 1:09 AM PDT

Google GMail 'CheckAvailability' Script May Disclose User Information to Remote Users

Impact: Disclosure of user information

Exploit Included: Yes

Description: A vulnerability was reported in Google's GMail beta e-mail service. A remote user may be able to determine information about another user attempting to register an account on the system.

Ahmed Motaz reported that a remote user can invoke the '/accounts/CheckAvailability' script repeatedly to cause the system to return information beloging to another user's query. The information disclosed includes the target user's first and last name and the target user's desired GMail account username.

The remote user must have a valid GMail invitation, the report said.

The vendor has reportedly been notified.

Impact: A remote user with a valid GMail invitation can determine information about another user attempting to register an account with the service, including the target user's first and last name and the target user's desired GMail account username.

Solution: No solution was available at the time of this entry.

http://www.securitytracker.com/alerts/2004/Jul/1010647.html

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