TechCrunch is running a story about three possible security issues with Google Docs
recently uncovered by researcher Ade Barkah. It turns out that an image embedded into a protected document is given a URL which is not protected
, allowing anyone who knows or guesses it to see the image regardless of permissions or even the existence of the document. Barkah also pointed out that once you've shared a document with another person, that person can see diagram revisions from any point before they gained access, forcing you to create a new document if you need to redact something. The last issue, the mechanics of which he disclosed only to Google, affects the document-sharing invitation forwarding system, which can allow somebody access to your documents after you've removed their permissions. Google made a blog post to respond to these concerns, saying that they "do not pose a significant security risk
," but are being investigated. We previously discussed a sharing bug in Google Docs
that was fixed earlier this month.