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A researcher has spotted a security problem in Facebook that could lead to hackers taking control of user accounts.

The flaw allows a hacker to execute scripts on Facebook that could potentially be used to create a fake log-in page and capture users' passwords, according to the XSSED security blog. The discovery is credited to "Mox."

"Malicious people can exploit this issue to execute script code in the context of Facebook or obtain sensitive information from its users, such [as] clear text authentication credentials with a fake log-in form," according to the blog post, written by Dimitris Pagkalos.

A cross-site scripting vulnerability can let an attacker display data from another Web site or run malicious code, which can compromise user data on the targeted Web site.

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