Thousands of Google Calendars are leaking private information online threatening the privacy of the users.
Google Calendar has more than q billion users that can potentially expose their private affairs due to the implementation of an issue in the “invite” feature. It is essential to point out that this isn’t a security vulnerability in Google Calendar, but an issue that could potentially impact anyone that has ever shared his Google Calendars.
The security researcher Avinash Jain discovered more than 8000 Google Calendars exposed online that were indexed by Google search engine. This means that anyone could potentially access sensitive
“What I found is that — Using a single Google dork (advance search query), I am able to list down all the public google calendar or users who all have set their calendar as public. I found dozens of calendars which are indexed by google’s search engines, revealing or disclosing several sensitive information.” wrote the expert. “I was able to access public calendars of various organizations leaking out sensitive details like their email ids, their event name, event details, location, meeting links, zoom meeting links, google hangout links, internal presentation links and much more,”
Some of the calendars belonged to employees of the top 500 Alexa company that intentionally/unintentionally were made public.
The issue is related to the public visibility set on the google calendar by the users. Google fails to send any notification to the users warning them about the visibility of their calendar.
“While this is more of an intended setting by the users and intended behavior of the
The issue is not new, many experts in the last years warned of the misuse of the “make it public” feature to its web-based calendar service that was implemented 12 years ago.
The expert demonstrated that it is possible to view the exposed Google Calendars by using advanced Google search query (Google Dork).
“The fix for this: https://support.google.com/a/answer/60765?hl=en. You can set the calendars to only say Free/Busy if anyone wants to make their calendar public. GSuite admin can also create alerts for when Google docs, presentations, and calendars go public.” concludes the researcher.
(SecurityAffairs – Google Calendars, privacy)