Five Year Old Boy Finds Xbox One Security Flaw

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Earlier this month it came to light that a five year old boy from San Francisco became the latest "expert" to discover a flaw in the Xbox One system. He accidently exposed the problem whilst trying to log in to his father's Xbox account.

He has been reward by Microsoft by being added to their recognised list of bug spotters, they also sent him four games, $50 Xbox Store credit and a year's free Xbox Live account. The exploit has now been repaired by Microsoft to prevent future attacks.

The story was originally reported in the UK by the BBC, they claim that the youngster was able to login to the account using only spaces rather than the password itself. Microsoft have since confirmed that this is now repaired. The spaces allowed the user to access the user control panel without any further prompts for passwords.

Upon reaching the user log on screen, all they boy reportedly did was input the space bar a few times rather than the actual password, at which point the console allowed him to access his father's account and play games that were restricted on his own account. They boy is quoted as saying "I got nervous, I thought he was going to find out"

However, fortunately for him - and Microsoft - it turns out his father happened to work in computer security, and along with his son he immediately reported the bug to Microsoft, who very quickly fixed the flaw before too many people could take advantage, it’s not common for these problems to be reported never mind by a 5 year old boy.

In a press release, Microsoft said "We're always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention. We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it." So lucky for us this flaw should not have too much effect on the user base, and going forward it should not longer be an issue. We were  all quite impressed by the speed at which these issues were dealt with, because it shows a commitment to security by the firm.

This is not the first time security issues have been exposed in consoles, and it is unclear how many people have taken advantage of the bug before it was discovered but when compared to the recent heartbleed security issues this is a very minor incident.

So if this news has you worried make sure the latest security patch has been applied to your console and you should have no trouble at all, hopefully any future bugs will be spotted quickly and resolved in a swift manner.

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