Google Plugs Gmail Security Hole

Google, Inc. has fixed a security flaw its Gmail Web-based e-mail service that could let hackers hijack e-mail accounts, the company has announced. The company did not reveal details of the vulnerability, but acknowledged it was possible to take complete control of another personis account.

Israelis Nana NetLife Magazine exposed the flaw last week, that allowed a useris cookie file, which identifies a particular user, to stolen. This cookie could then be installed on another machine, providing access to the useris account without having to enter a password.

A Google spokesperson said a small number of people had reported their accounts had been compromised.