Facebook Account Take Over

Hi all,

Here I’m going to explain about the Facebook bug which leads to Full Account Takeover.

Recently a similar bug was reported by Anand Prakash.

This is a simple vulnerability which compromise anyone’s facebook account easily without any  user interaction, it allowed me to get into any facebook account by changing their password and I  was able to view their messages, stored credit/debit cards, personal photos, etc. facebook took  more than 3 week to make a fix on this bug. And at last facebook decided to provide reward for

this bug.


When a user requesting password forgot option, he has an option to reset the password with  phone/email address on http://www.facebook.com/login/identify/ctx=recover&lwv=110,  facebook will send 6 digit pin in order to reset the password. www.facebook.com having rate limit I can’t brute the code there it will accept only 10-­12 codes.

Anand recently found beta.facebook.com and mbasic.beta.facebook.com are doesn’t contain rate limiting and facebook released fix, also got bounty too.

I was searching for some active subdomains of facebook and found

https://lookaside.facebook.com is vulnerable and doesn’t having rate limiting on the endpoint of  forgot password. I tried to take over my own account and was successful in setting a new  password.

When I reported the bug to facebook they rejected it by saying that they can’t reproduce the  issue. I provided several poc’s to prove that it is a valid bug.

After weeks of reporting they fixed the bug and provided a nice bounty by considering the impact  of this vulnerability.

POC Video

Facebook Reply with bounty reward :


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