Skype blocks password resets after trivial account hijacking flaw made public

Knowing the email address associated with a Skype account was sufficient to hijack it

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service |  Security

It's not clear if the password token notification displayed in the Skype client is actually a feature intended to alert users of rogue password reset attempts or the result of a bug.

Since this vulnerability was publicly disclosed and might have been known in some circles for some time, concerned users might want to change their passwords just to be on the safe side.

The Skype website allows logged in users to associate a second email address with their accounts and delete the old one. This feature can be used to change the email address to one that is not known by anyone and therefore reduce the chances of the account being attacked through password reset bugs in the future.

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