All Your Face Are Belong to Us: Breaking Facebook's Social Authentication

Provided by: Politecnico di Bari
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Two-factor authentication is widely used by high-value services to prevent adversaries from compromising accounts using stolen credentials. Facebook has recently released a two-factor authentication mechanism, referred to as Social Authentication, which requires users to identify some of their friends in randomly selected photos. A recent study has provided a formal analysis of social authentication weaknesses against attackers inside the victim's social circles. In this paper, the authors extend the threat model and study the attack surface of social authentication in practice, and show how any attacker can obtain the information needed to solve the challenges presented by Facebook.

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