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Google PII Extract w/ Firefox Cookie Bug

mrbene [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, February 22, 2007
11 years ago2,687 views

I was thinking about the recently reported Firefox Cookie Bug ... , especially the second demo ... , which allows the extraction of cookie values from a 3rd party site. This had me examining the cookies set by Google when I log in and log out.

I wasn't particularly happy to find my unencrypted email address available in a cookie in a Google subdomain, even after having logged out (set to persist for 5 years). Regardless of Fx bugs, this isn't particularly sane Personally Identifiable Information (PII) management. Not to say that Google is the only one doing this, either – there are most definitely other high profile sites that write this type of data to cookies.

Anyone heard any rumblings about this in the wild?

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