Google will ban logins from embedded browser frameworks, starting June 2019. The reason is the increased risk of phishing hacks using the man-in-the-middle attack.
Users are most vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks when they login to their favorite apps via an embedded browser framework. A good example of an embedded browser is Chromium embedded framework, aka, CEF. It is used for logging in to Steam client, Evernote, and Amazon music.
Now a days, Google is unable to detect a MITM attack whenever you log in via an embedded browser.
Man in the middle” (MITM), is hard to detect when an embedded browser framework or another automation platform is being used for authentication. MITM intercepts the communications between a user and Google in real-time to gather the user’s credentials (including the second factor in some cases) and sign in. Because we can’t differentiate between a legitimate sign in and a MITM attack on these platforms, we will be blocking sign-ins from embedded browser frameworks starting in June. This is similar to the restriction on webview sign-ins announced in April 2016.
What developers need to know
The solution for developers currently using CEF for authentication is the same: browser-based OAuth authentication. Aside from being secure, it also enables users to see the full URL of the page where they are entering their credentials, reinforcing good anti-phishing practices. If you are a developer with an app that requires access to Google Account data, switch to using browser-based OAuth authentication today.
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