GMail backdoor patched, time to check your filters

Summary:Google has confirmed -- and I've verified -- that a fix for GMail has been distributed to block a flaw that allows hackers to hijack e-mail messages.

GMail backdoor patched, time to check your filters
Google has confirmed -- and I've verified -- that a fix for GMail has been distributed to block a flaw that allows hackers to hijack e-mail messages.

The cross-site request forgery exploit, discovered and partially disclosed by GNUCitizen's Petko D. Petkov, gave attackers an easy way to plant GMail filters to forward incoming mail to a third-party (hacker-controlled) e-mail address.

Even after Google's fix, GMail users are strongly encouraged to check their filter lists because the patch does not remove the rigged filter.

[ SEE: Bullseye on Google: Hackers expose holes in GMail, Blogspot ]

Remember, GMail filters are not the same as labels, which appear on the left pane of the GMail interface.

First, click on Settings in the top-right corner and then the Forwarding and POP tab to ensure that e-mail forwarding is either disabled or not hijacked to send your e-mail elsewhere.

GMail backdoor patched, time to check your filters

Then, in the Filters tab, look carefully for any strange filter that may compromise your mailbox.

Topics: Collaboration, Browser, Google

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Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

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