Delete Any Photos In Facebook

Lokesh Kumar
2 min readNov 3, 2020


This post is about an bug that I found on Facebook which used to delete any publicly visible photos by editing the series feature

Already a image removal vulnerability was found in same series feature by another researcher Pouya Darabi . this writeup is a bypassing the fix in different scenario.

The series has a option to set photos in Poster Art (Mandatory) and Cover Image as (optional)

When Creating a new series if attacker tries to modify the photo object of Poster Art and Cover Image the server validation was done properly and return a error. but when editing the series the Ownership check validation for Cover Image was any publicly visible photo id in Facebook can be associated with the Cover Image.

While replacing the “custom_thumbnail_id=xxx” value into any photo id and it will get associated with the series.

POST /media/manager/shows/edit_show_metadata/?show_id=xxx&title=xxx&description=&custom_thumbnail_id=xxx&is_serialized=false&poster_art_id=xxx&session_id=xxx&av=xxx HTTP/1.1
Connection: close
Content-Length: 467
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/86.0.4240.111 Safari/537.36
Viewport-Width: 2048
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Accept: */*
Sec-Fetch-Site: same-origin
Sec-Fetch-Mode: cors
Sec-Fetch-Dest: empty
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.9
Cookie: sb=xxx; datr=xxx; dpr=1.25; c_user=xxx;

and when deleting the series. all season videos, Poster Arts and Cover Images including victim’s photo also get deleted. but to completely delete the series . it will take around 30 to 45 seconds.

This issue was reported during BountyCon2020 event submission and Thank you Facebook Team for quickly addressing and fixing this issue.

Video poc:


5-Oct-2020: Report Sent

05-Oct-2020 : Further investigation by Facebook & Temporary Fix

10-Oct-2020: $10000 bounty + $750 bonus awarded by Facebook

31-Oct-2020: Fixed confirmed by Facebook and me