December 07, 2011

• Zuckerberg's private photos go viral
• Facebook security flaw reveals images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg became a victim of his own site's security flaws when a privacy glitch allowed his private photos to be made public.

The photos went viral after US engineer Mike Rundle allegedly discovered a bug in the website's photo reporting tool that allows users to access others' pictures even if they were private.

The photos feature the Facebook CEO at home with girlfriend Priscilla Chan at their $7 million house in Palo Alto.

There's also one of Zuckerberg proudly holding what appears to be a chicken.

Mr Rundle is reported to have been able to look at the private photos by "reporting" a profile picture as "inappropriate" on Facebook. In doing this, a glitch in the site allowed him to see other photos displayed, such as those of Mr Zuckerberg.

A spokesperson for the social network told CNET the error occurred for a short time during a "recent code push" but says "not all content was accessible".

Facebook says they have since fixed the bug.

Mr Rundle posted a link to the images on photo sharing site Imgur.

Mr Rundle claims he read about the security glitch on web forum Hacker News.

See Mark Zuckerberg and other private moments here