Brilliant 5-Year-Old Boy Discovers Massive Flaw In The Parental Controls On His Dad’s Xbox
A few boneheads on Xbox’s security team may have lost their jobs after a 5-year-old easily slipped past the console’s parental controls a few months ago.
San Diego’s 10News reports that Kristoffer Von Hassel’s dad, Robert Davies, put a password on his Xbox to make sure his son wouldn’t gain access to his Xbox Live account.
But Kristoffer has gotten past several similar road blocks in the past, his father said, so he figured this one shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Davies, who works in computer security, told 10News that Kristoffer exposed a security flaw in a cell phone company when he was just 1-year-old by holding down the home key to unlock the screen.
Kristoffer typed in an incorrect password on the Xbox last Christmas, and was then asked to retry.
He simply entered a bunch of random spaces and before he knew it, Kristoffer was playing his dad’s games.
Davies was way too impressed to be upset.
“Just being 5 years old and being able to find a vulnerability and latch onto that. I thought that was pretty cool,” he told the local station.
Davies reported the flaw to Microsoft, which then issued a statement saying the glitch has been fixed.
“We’re always listening to our customers and thank them for bringing issues to our attention. We take security seriously at Xbox and fixed the issue as soon as we learned about it,” read the statement.
Microsoft has also awarded the soon-to-be security administrator with four free games, $50 and a year-long subscription to Xbox Live.
Just a few taps on the space bar and he was in. At just 5 years old, he already has an attention span higher than an entire security team.