Home and Family Job Search Engine Exposed Its Database

FamilaFacil, a Madrid-based home and family job search platform, has exposed its MongoDB database with details on their users and candidates.  This was the first time I discovered an unprotected instance sitting in IPv6 environment – as indexed by BinaryEdge platform (who recently added IPv6 search into their offering).

Database was first spotted in public on August 13th and consequently closed down the next day.

The following information related to FamiliaFacil customers was left visible for anybody who knew where to look:

  • 551,587 records with customer contact details, such as name, email, phone, address, picture and bcrypted password

  • 1,720,408 private messages sent to job seekers by requesters

  • 1,548,767 public chat records
  • and many more

As I mentioned, database was quickly pulled offline and FamiliaFacila CTO who was very responsive provided me with the following statement:

We are lucky as this is only a ‘cached modified copy’ of our main database; a trimmed-down version with another data structure pre-processed to make mobile apps faster. The only thing I don’t understand is “password” field, as it’s not available in the app. Maybe the provider reused a standard (old) development and that field was left there or reused with other purpose.

It is unknown, whether somebody else has accessed the data while it was set to public, but if you are FamiliaFacila customer it is worth changing your password (and make sure you do not reuse the same password for other accounts, such as your email etc).

Danger of having exposed MongoDB or similar NoSql databases is huge. I have previously reported that the lack of authentication allowed the installation of malware or ransomware on the MongoDB servers. The public configuration allows the possibility of cybercriminals to manage the whole system with full administrative privileges. Once the malware is in place criminals could remotely access the server resources and even launch a code execution to steal or completely destroy any saved data the server contains.


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