A five year old kid, Kristoffer Von Hassel, exploited a bug in the Xbox to bypass the Live password authentication. Kristoffer, who has been restricted to access Xbox Live, bypassed his dad Xbox Live account by just entering some white spaces instead of other characters. First on entering a wrong password, Xbox asked this ingenious boy to verify the password which after getting some random space hits bypassed the authentication.
Even his dad, Robert Davies who works as a security researcher, was surprised what his little boy has done. Although Microsoft appreciated the feedback, its security engineers must have pulled their hairs. Davies, when was told about it by his son, filmed Kristoffer exploiting the bug. With an honor to be listed as a security engineer, Microsoft also rewarded him with an amount of 50 US dollars, four games, and a year’s subscription to Xbox Live.
Microsoft stated, “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.”
Its not the first time Kristoffer has done something about finding a bug , the kid, when he was of only an year old, bypassed mobile toddler lock by holding the home button for sometime.
The bug was reported last year around Christmas but now Microsoft has fixed this critical issue of bypassing Xbox Live authentication. We don’t have much of details but the bug could also be used to exploit other accounts associated with Xbox Live.