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Digibase Security Advisory - Tumblr Compromise
Keywords: Tumblr, compromise, passwords, email addresses
DBSA ID: 2016-05301
Regarding: Tumblr Compromise
Date: 2016 05 30
Last Modified: 20160530175457 by Kradorex Xeron
Who should take note: All Tumblr Users
Rationale: Users need to ensure their information is secured.
Rationale: Usernames, insecurely hashed passwords, email addresses among other information has reportedly been compromised
Spread of Issue: SINGLE-PLATFORM HIGH
Rationale: 65 Million records are reported to have been compromised
Tumblr is a social networking site targetted toward sharing various kinds of content between users. On 30 May 2016, it has been reported that in 2013 that there was a compromise of Tumblr's systems resulting in 65 million email addresses and passwords being compromised. Tumblr has reported that the passwords were stored in a hashed and salted manner, a technique that resists rainbow table attacks where a dictionary of suspected hashed passwords are compared to the database without requiring brute force techniques.
Users should change their Tumblr passwords on a rolling basis to temporary passwords, once immediately and then again at 1 weeks. After 2 weeks users may reset to a more longterm password. Users should also ensure that their password is not shared among other sites, to which those passwords will also need to be reset.
Users should also be highly suspicious of any contacts via email and use non-email methods to verify legitimacy of such email. Password resets should only be performed through known good links.