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Google has revealed that a number of G Suite user passwords were accidentally stored in plaintext for 14 years due to a bug in how password encryption was implemented. A 2005 update to G Suite meant to help users recover their passwords accidentally stopped that hashing. The console had allowed administrators to reset a password for a user, in case they forgot it, but Google said the function no longer exists. That tool stored a copy of the plaintext password, Google said.
While the security risk accompanying Google's issues was not huge - attackers would have had to breach Google's infrastructure AND find the decryption keys for the stored passwords - Frey has apologized and promised the company will do better in the future.
Google has revealed it had left some business users' passwords exposed in plain text.
The company said it discovered the bug this year, deprecated the tool, and corrected the issue.
The company insists that the passwords remained in its secure encrypted infrastructure and were never improperly accessed.
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"We have seen no evidence of improper access to or misuse of the affected passwords", said Suzanne Frey, vice president of engineering at Google's cloud trust division.
This second incident came to light when staff was "troubleshooting new G Suite customer sign-up flows".
While the plain text passwords were stored internally on Google's secure servers, the company has contacted G Suite admins and told them to change those that are affected. Just like during the first incident, the passwords were eventually encrypted when saved to disk.
Google has already notified all the affected Enterprise G Suite accounts.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we will reset accounts that have not done so themselves", Google also added.