Google Takes Second Swing at OAuth Worm

By Ionut Arghire on July 26, 2017


Mitigations put in place by Google in May 2017 to help block phishing attacks such as the recent OAuth worm weren’t enough to completely mitigate the issue, as Google’s platform still allowed malicious OAuth clients to be submitted under deceiving names, Proofpoint security researchers say.


The OAuth worm was possible because malicious developers could create seemingly legitimate apps and trick users into granting access to email and cloud service accounts. Lack of validation allowed an attacker to impersonate Google Docs and impacted more than one million G Suite users.


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