Facebook hosted Security @Scale 2014 at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Oct. 29, and production engineer Fernanda Weiden recapped the proceedings in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, which also included videos of the event’s presentations.
Facebook continued its focus on security with two announcements Wednesday related to its white-hat program: The social network is doubling the bounties that it will pay out to researchers who discover white-hat bugs its ads code, and it released a “Bounty Hunter’s Guide” containing detailed instructions on how to submit those bugs.
Fortunately for Facebook, developer and Web security expert Nir Goldshlager wears a white hat, and not a black one: For the second time in less than one month, Goldshlager alerted the social network about a potentially dangerous loophole that could have led to users’ account information being compromised.
Facebook averted another close call on the security front, as the Facebook Security team was able to close a loophole, reported by developer Nir Goldshlager, which would have enabled hackers to gain full control over any Facebook accounts.
Users of Facebook’s Camera iOS application might want to make sure they have updated to version 1.1.2, as Facebook confirmed a bug in older versions that created a security loophole.