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MSN bug serves web porn

by phiber on July 24th, 2001 An apparent bug in Microsoft's MSN Communities site that exposes members' personal, and often smutty, image files at random is becoming an underground hit with voyeurs and web porn fans, who are spreading the link that triggers the bug like a dirty magazine in a boys locker room.


Dubbed "The Magic Link" by its fans, the bug is exploited by simply browsing the web page communities.msn.com/_Secure/ . The link serves up an image from a MSN Community member's online photo collection, apparently at random though sometimes only after several refreshes.





MSN Communities is a service that lets web users start their own virtual neighborhoods of like-minded netizens, and to upload image files for sharing with other members of the same community, or the web in general.




The bug reveals that MSN Communities has become something of a hotspot for swapping web porn. The link serves up a treasure trove of adult imagery, occasionally, and disturbingly, juxtaposed with the family portraits, vacation photos and class pictures of less libidinous MSN homesteaders.





The "Magic Link" began developing a cult following over the weekend, after a web page sprouted to spotlight it. The page simultaneously loads two images at once, and refreshes every few seconds, creating a surreal slide show of smut interspersed with random images and '404 Not Found' messages.





Rob Koliha, the page's creator, said in an email that a co-worker discovered the "Magic Link" two weeks ago. "Everyone had it memorized within a short amount of time so I decided to do a website for it."





On Monday, Koliha's page won cruel.com's "Cruel Site of the Day Award."



Microsoft security response center manager Steven Lipner referred inquiries to the company's PR firm, which could not explain the link.





By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus


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