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What does having POESESSID grant to tools?

Content of the article: "What does having POESESSID grant to tools?"

Does anyone have a clear understanding of what having someone's POESESSID lets a tool do? Old tools like Acquisition and Procurement and new tools like ReForge require it. PoE's oauth server warns that this grants "access your basic profile information, including a unique account identifier."

  • Can they see all your public tabs, regardless of privacy settings? (I assume yes, and I have no concerns about that.)

  • Can they see all of your private tabs, regardless of privacy settings? (Something I may not want but might be willing to risk.)

  • Can they see all of your characters, gear, and inventories, regardless of privacy settings? (Something I may not want but might be willing to risk.)

  • Can they read your messages? (Something that could be used to hijack an account by being able to answer challenge questions that GGG support staff ask.)

  • Can they see your IRL email address? (privacy issue + account hijack risk)

  • Can they change your account's associated email address? (obvious account hijack risk)

  • Can they see your transaction history? (privacy + hijack risk)

  • Can they see your item filters? (I don't care, but perhaps others do)

  • Can they see your private PvP information? (I don't care, but perhaps others do)

Context: this concern was recently raised in https://redd.it/hw9op8, and I found this older post warning about sharing the session id https://redd.it/78j0qk. If we share the session id with a tool, we need to not just trust that the tool isn't malicious, but also that the tool won't get compromised by someone who is. If the tools only get read-only access, and especially if it can be limited to parts of your data (e.g. only stash tabs but not message or transaction history), then these concerns might be overblown.

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EDIT: I removed wording about oauth: that part of reforge seems reasonably safe. The concerning part is that after authenticating with oauth, reforge asks for your POESESSID which grants it full access to the web part of your account, so the rest of the questions are still relevant. Note: I've only had good experiences in game with those behind reforge. Clearly they've put a lot of work into their tool, as others have with other tools. But giving them such powerful access as the session id, especially in a remote service, means not just trusting them but also their ability to properly secure their servers. Writing good applications is hard. Making them secure is even harder.

Source: reddit.com

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