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Messenger privacy bug

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  • Hello!

    I have found a "bug" possibly on the Windows Live Messenger's protocol which violates user's privacy. I didn't know where excactly should i post, so if this is not the correct place please help me with it.

    On the technical information now, the problem is when a user connect with default status "Appear Offline", then every contact will receive a "FLN" packet. Similarly when a connected user set his status to "Appear Offline" and then exits Messenger, then every contact will receive two (2) "FLN" packets.

    Concluding, the user's status "Appear Offline" which is meant to hide him from his contacts i does not. While the user thinks noone knows when he sets this particular status, this is not happening. This private information is sent to all of his contacts while he is anaware. Anyone with a network analyzer application running on their computer or with specialized application on catching Messenger's status packets, will be able to know when a contact is not really offline!

    I'd like to hear from you about this subject.
    Sorry if its difficult to understand what im sayin.. my english....

    Thanks for your time!
    Wednesday, January 6, 2010 5:49 PM

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  • Wrong Forum; This is for Windows Live Writer

    Refer to HOTMAIL, MSN, LIVE support:
    https://support.live.com/
    http://windowslivehelp.com/

    Good Luck.
    Sunday, January 10, 2010 3:50 PM