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Anatomy of an Attack: How I Hacked StackOverflow

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 13 November 2012.
Planet PHP
Almost two years ago I had stumbled upon a pretty significant vulnerability in the StackExchange network. I say stumbled, because I wasn't actually trying to attack the site. Circumstance just showed me a door. The actual attack is pretty interesting, and it holds a lesson for everybody who builds or maintains websites or server infrastructure. So here's the story on how I hacked StackOverflow...

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