USA TODAY: How a 5-year-old discovered Xbox security flaw


How a 5-year-old discovered Xbox security flaw

Microsoft received a big assist discovering a security flaw on its Xbox One from an unlikely source: a five-year-old boy. San Diego television station KGTV reports five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel uncovered a flaw that would allow someone to log into a player’s profile without their password. The flaw was discovered after Kristoffer’s father found out he had been playing inappropriate video games on the Xbox One. When his dad, Robert Davies, asked him how he accessed the console, Kristoffer showed him the exploit. Here’s how it worked: After typing an incorrect password, the console jumped to a password verification screen. After typing the space keys a few times then hitting enter, Kristoffer was able to access his father’s Xbox Live account.

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