Twitter Advises All Users Change Password After Bug Found
Twitter is urging all of its users to change their passwords after it discovered a bug which stored passwords unmasked in an internal log.
The bug has been fixed with Twitter saying its investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse by anyone.
Parag Agrawal Twitter CTO strongly recommends users change their passwords ‘out of an abundance of caution’.
Agrawal explains the bug saying, “We mask passwords through a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system. This allows our systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. This is an industry standard.
“Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process. We found this error ourselves, removed the passwords, and are implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.”
When users go onto their Twitter account, a notification pops up alerting them of this issue recommending they change their password.
This issue also affects third-party Twitter accounts including Tweetdeck and Twitterific.