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posted by janrinok on Tuesday August 24, @01:41PM   Printer-friendly

Upguard Research disclosed multiple data leaks exposing 38 million data records via Microsoft Power Apps portals configured to allow public access. From ZDNet:

Sensitive data including COVID-19 vaccination statuses, social security numbers and email addresses have been exposed due to weak default configurations for Microsoft Power Apps, according to Upguard.

[...] The data leaks impacted American Airlines, Microsoft, J.B. Hunt and governments of Indiana, Maryland and New York City. Upguard first discovered the issue involving the ODdata API for a Power Apps portal on May 24 and submitted a vulnerability report to Microsoft June 24.

According to Upguard, the primary issue is that all data types were public when some data like personal identifying information should have been private. Misconfiguration led to some private data being surfaced.

The Washington Times adds:

Power Apps is a development platform that makes it easy to create web or mobile apps for external use.

If you need to spin up a vaccine appointment sign-up site quickly during, say, a pandemic, Power Apps portals can generate both the public-facing site and the data management backend.

'We found one of these that was misconfigured to expose data and we thought, we've never heard of this, is this a one-off thing or is this a systemic issue?' said Greg Pollock, UpGuard's vice president of cyber research.

[...] 'And we discovered there are tons of these exposed. It was wild.'

Also at Yahoo News

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Gaaark on Tuesday August 24, @02:17PM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday August 24, @02:17PM (#1170324) Journal

    From the makers of the most insecure operating system ever, for only 6 payments of first sons we bring you Microsoft Power App! Leave all your data exposed and when it is stolen, inform us so we can tell you to "f*ck off!" How's our driving today? Call 1-800-F*CK-OFF.

    What. a. surprise! I. am. surprised. i. tell. you. Surprised.

    What. am. i?


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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday August 24, @03:00PM

    by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {}> on Tuesday August 24, @03:00PM (#1170343) Homepage
    It's the new feature they're trying to monetise - ILaaS, information leakage as a service. Invest now, it's going to be huge.
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