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A potentially nasty XSS vulnerability discovered on the website of controversial ride-sharing service Uber has been fixed, according to the security researcher who reported the bug. The cross-site scripting vulnerability put visitors at risk of being compromised via theft of cookies, personal details, authentication …

  1. John Lilburne

    Forget all about that malarky

    You order a ride from your house to restaurant, some unchecked driver turns up who now knows your home is empty for the next couple of hours.

    1. Robert Helpmann??

      Re: Forget all about that malarky

      ...the flaw - discovered on Sunday - was patched on Monday.

      Not bad at all. Now if they could work out some way of vetting their drivers, for obvious reasons...

    2. ItsNotMe
      Thumb Up

      Re: Forget all about that malarky

      And it would be nice if they could find a way to fix the "flaws" in some of their drivers, who have been beating passengers up, kidnapping passengers, running over pedestrians, raping passengers, and other "fun activities" performed by them.

      But hey...just think how much money you can save by using Uber. Probably enough to afford a lawyer...later.

    3. John Tserkezis

      Re: Forget all about that malarky

      "You order a ride from your house to restaurant, some unchecked driver turns up who now knows your home is empty for the next couple of hours."

      And when you leave a bad review because you find your house ransacked after you get home, next day you have three big boofy blokes at your doorstep dressed in suits who wish to have a "chat" with you.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Forget all about that malarky

      I thought that the privacy-threatening security flaw with Uber was **their own senior staff** looking through one's personal information about one's comings (literally) and goings.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh good.

    Now we only have to worry about their *deliberate* privacy violations, rather than both deliberate and accidental ones.

  3. JCitizen

    I'm not worried anyway!!!

    If they try to "boof" me, they will find out too late my CCW permit. And if they try to tap my home, they will run into my "gang" and some nasty booby traps! HA! I say the honey pot is worth it to catch some scabby bastards!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not a problem

    The minor website security issues are not a problem compared to the Uber driver who attacked and raped a woman.

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