Published On: Sun, Nov 22nd, 2020

A bug meant Twitter Fleets could still be seen after they disappeared

Twitter is a latest amicable media site to concede users to examination with posting disintegrating content. Fleets, as Twitter calls them, allows a mobile users post brief stories, like photos or videos with overlaying text, that are set to disappear after 24 hours.

But a bug meant that fleets weren’t deletion scrupulously and could still be accessed prolonged after 24 hours had expired. Details of a bug were posted in a array of tweets on Saturday, reduction than a week after a underline launched.

The bug effectively authorised anyone to entrance and download a user’s fleets but triggering a presentation that a user’s swift had been review and by whom. The import is that this bug could be abused to repository a user’s fleets after they expire.

Using an app that’s designed to correlate with Twitter’s back-end systems around a developer API. What returned was a list of fleets from a server. Each swift had a possess approach URL, that when non-stop in a browser would bucket a swift as an picture or a video. But even after a 24 hours elapsed, a server would still lapse links to fleets that had already left from perspective in a Twitter app.

When reached, a Twitter orator pronounced a repair was on a way. “We’re wakeful of a bug permitted by a technical workaround where some Fleets media URLs might be permitted after 24 hours. We are operative on a repair that should be rolled out shortly.”

Twitter concurred that a repair means that fleets should now end properly, it pronounced it won’t undo a swift from a servers for adult to 30 days — and that it might reason onto fleets for longer if they violate a rules. We checked that we could still bucket fleets from their approach URLs even after they expire.

Fleet with caution.

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