Employee’s Provident Fund organisation a statutory body under ministry of labour and employement, an Universal Account Number (UAN) will be generated for each of the PF contributing members.e UAN will act as an umbrella for the multiple Member Ids allotted to an individual by different establishments.

 

Indian security firm Eioneus systems  discovered a serious security flaw on 3rd Dec 2016 and it was reported by them immediately to CERT-IN, NIC, and other government sources which were felt necessary  at the time.

 

As per the report’s available the issue was critical and it will give full access to the machine, which leads to compromise the entire system.The Tech team also disclosed the vulnerability behavior.

 

UAN

 

Snehil Khare official of Eioneus system clarified their intentions stating

 

“Our motive is to do a responsible vulnerability disclosure and not to abuse the information which was accessed. Our intention was to draw the attention of authorities towards major security concern identified, without ignoring it.”

 

Due to the very sensitive nature of the incident complete details was not disclosed, but it came to lime light that bug gave access to information such as Provident fund balance, Individual’s KYC details, phone numbers, PAN numbers, bank details ;etc of every provident fund user in the country.

 

The techfirm also disclosed some screenshot’s to prove they have access to databases.

 

EPFO

 

Here you also find the report submitted by the Techfirm to CERT-IN (Computer emergency response team) and was acknowledged by CERT-IN in no time.

 

EPFO

 

EPFO

 

Gurubaran is a PKI Security Engineer. Certified Ethical Hacker, Penetration Tester, Security blogger, Co-Founder & Author of GBHackers On Security.