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Facebook officials say it's happened before

For an application developer, having your source code leaked can be a very dire thing. For popular online social network Facebook, part of its application source code was leaked, revealing some details into the how Facebook operates. Posted on a single blog site entitled Facebook Secrets, the source code that leaked appeared to be of the main user interface, and not of any deep mechanics of the website.

The source leak might reveal security holes of the social network. While it is fairly certain there have been attempts to hack Facebook, no one has successfully done so. Despite the leak, Facebook officials say the source code published was only a very small portion of the entire Facebook application and no details other than code responsible for homepage presentation was leaked.

“A small fraction of the code that displays Facebook web pages was exposed to a small number of users due to a single misconfigured web server that was fixed immediately. It was not a security breach and did not compromise user data in any way. Because the code that was released only powers the Facebook user interface, it offers no useful insight into the inner workings of Facebook," said Brandee Barker, public relations chief, Facebook.

Without a doubt, the leak will create a lot of activity for Facebook in terms of watching out for security. According to Barker, a small but known problem in apache and the mod_php module will output back-end source code to the end user instead of the appropriate output code. Barker indicated this problem occurred previously but source code was never published until now.




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