I want to start by thanking the folks at CBS Interactive and
CBS Corporation for working so diligently with me on remediating the issues I
discovered, and for responsibly disclosing these issues.
I am unlikely to ever play in the NFL.
I am less likely to ever play in MLB.
So, instead I play fantasy sports, and I play primarily on
CBSSports.com. It is the site my friends
were using when I joined their leagues, and haven’t seen a need to change.
Last year, I discovered a few unintended features within the CBSSports sites. It started when I realized that I could CSRF the Trade and the Add/Drop functionality. After a little more digging, I realized I didn’t need to CSRF the trade functionality… Instead I could simply initiate a trade on another teams behalf.
You would think that knowing this I should have won my
league. Personally, I blame this epic
fail on Cam Newton’s slow start and Brandon Lloyd’s cement hands.
The folks at CBS Interactive and CBS Corporation were kind
enough to take a look at the issues I had discovered, remediate these issues, and
keep me involved during the entire process.
Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I took another look at the site and realized there were a few other issues that should be looked at.
I am not sure about your league, but our league utilizes a lot of smack talk.
Smack Talk (smak tawk):
The art of telling another person off, belittling them or calling their momma fat, while in the heat of competition.
CBSSports sites have a number of ways to accomplish this, one of which is the Live Scoreboard Chat functionality. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), I found a way to submit chat posts on behalf of other teams. It really made the conversation devolve quickly, as seen below.
Lastly, I discovered an issue where I could update my “On the Block” section with players I don’t even own. It is kind of like trying
to sell someone the Brooklyn Bridge, but instead of a bridge it is Mike
Trout. The deception won’t last long,
but is likely to give the Trout owner a heart attack.
So, feel free to take a look at the disclosures, and if you notice anything else, please let the fine people at CBS know (email@example.com)!