Waze downplays exploit that permit researchers monitor customers

Waze downplays exploit that let researchers track users

Waze has responded to safety considerations raised yesterday in a Fusion report documenting an exploit discovered by UC Santa Barbara researchers. Briefly: it’s legit, however not as dire because it’s made out to be.

The exploit leverages the Waze function that exhibits you close by customers, displaying that the info you’re seeing is stay and supplying you with choices do you have to need assistance. The researchers created lots of of faux driver profiles, which might hold tabs on a given actual profile and monitor its location kind of in actual time.

“We recognize the researchers bringing this to our consideration and have carried out safeguards up to now 24 hours to deal with the vulnerability and stop ghost riders from affecting system conduct and performing comparable monitoring actions,” learn the Waze press launch addressing the difficulty.

The corporate identified, nevertheless, that the reporter had given the researchers her username and beginning location (a pleasant head begin), and that the exploit solely labored when the app was open and lively — at which level your location is being shared with individuals round you anyway. You may also defeat the exploit by turning on “invisible mode,” which looks like step one you’d need to take in case you have been nervous about being tracked.

Extra particulars on the exploit and others like will probably be introduced by the researchers at MobiSys in June.