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Krishnadev P Melevila
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How I Bypassed Netflix Profile Lock?

Hi hackers,
My name is Krishnadev P Melevila, Actually I write regularly on medium blog, and this is my first time in Dev.to, Actually I am a 19 year old self-learned cyber security analyst. To know more about me, Just search “Who is Krishnadev P Melevila” On Google or Ask your Google Assistant.

The vulnerability is that one can easily bypass Netflix profile lock with response manipulation.
Profile lock means, In Netflix, there is an option to add multiple users to one account and for the multiple accounts they can set up a profile lock for each profile with a 4 digit pin. So when someone login to the main account they are asked “Who is watching?”
Netflix Profile Lock Bypass
so after clicking profile they need to enter the profile pin to access the browse section. But there is a vulnerability in that feature. Steps to reproduce is given below:

Step 1: Visit https://www.netflix.com/ and login with your account then you will be asked “ Who is watching?” like the above screenshot

Step2: Here all users except guests and children have profile locks. So we are going to bypass this lock.

Step3: To do that we need to know at least one profile pin, say the profile pin of Krishnadev is 1704 then I will enter that pin and intercept the response of that request on burp and copy that whole success response.

HTTP/2 200 OK
X-Robots-Tag: noindex, nofollow
X-Frame-Options: DENY
X-Debug-Tz: GMT+5.50
X-Netflix.request.toplevel.uuid: 7d4b8b6b-fed5-44de-973b-1e14de56366f-422157414
X-Netflix.execution-Time: 6
Content-Type: application/json;charset=UTF-8
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 03:48:33 GMT
Content-Length: 48
Via: 2 i-01d773509d78ec561 (us-west-2)
Server: api-prod-website i-00db4a31230d33cec
X-Xss-Protection: 1; mode=block; report=https://www.netflix.com/ichnaea/log/freeform/xssreport
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains
Access-Control-Allow-Credentials: true
Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Authorization,Content-Type,Content-Encoding,Accept,X-Netflix.application.name,X-Netflix.application.version,X-Netflix.esn,X-Netflix.device.type,X-Netflix.certification.version,X-Netflix.request.uuid,X-Netflix.originating.request.uuid,X-Netflix.user.id,X-Netflix.oauth.consumer.key,X-Netflix.oauth.token,X-Netflix.ichnaea.request.type,X-Netflix.Request.Routing,X-NETFLIX-PREAPP-PARTNER-ID, X-NETFLIX-PREAPP-INTEGRITY-VALUE, X-Netflix.Request.Priority,X-Netflix.Retry.Client.Policy,X-Netflix.Client.Request.Name,X-Netflix.Request.Retry.Policy,X-Netflix.Request.Retry.Policy.Default,X-Netflix.request.client.user.guid,X-Netflix.Request.NonJson.Headers,X-Netflix.esnPrefix,X-Netflix.browserName,X-Netflix.browserVersion,X-Netflix.osName,X-Netflix.osVersion,X-Netflix.uiVersion,X-Netflix.clientType,X-NETFLIX-PERSONALIZATION-ID,X-NETFLIX-DET-TOKEN,X-NETFLIX-DET-PARTNER-PAI,X-NETFLIX-RESPONSE-OVERRIDDEN,X-NETFLIX-DET-DEPRECATION
Access-Control-Expose-Headers: X-Netflix.Retry.Server.Policy,X-Netflix.Response.Tag,X-Netflix.Geo.Info,X-Netflix.request.inbound.identity.changed,Via,X-Netflix.Retry.Server.Policy.retryAfterSeconds,X-Netflix.Retry.Server.Policy.maxRetries,X-Ftl-Error,X-Netflix.uiVersion
Access-Control-Allow-Methods: GET, POST
Access-Control-Allow-Origin: https://www.netflix.com
X-Originating-Url: http://www.netflix.com/api/shakti/v5185b692/profileLock
X-Netflix.nfstatus: 1_1
Set-Cookie: <REDACTED>
X-Netflix.proxy.execution-Time: 16
{"codeName":"S-Icarus-6.Alster","success":true}
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Step4: Now let us bypass the profile lock of any other user, To do that first enter a wrong pin for any user and intercept the response of that request and replace the response with the above success response. and BOOM!! We got access to the Other user profiles without any authentication.

I reported this to Netflix, But they said that:

Hi krishnadevpmelevila,
The functionality is only intended as a barrier for children accessing mature content within an account. Local bypass, such as this one, is considered Won't Fix. Your effort is appreciated and we hope that you will continue to research and submit any future security issues you find.
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But, My doubt is that, Then what is the use of that feature?
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Discussion (2)

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Dixon Pedraza

what do you use to replace the response?

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Krishnadev P Melevila Author

Burpsuite proxy