Download Guarded Profile Picture From Facebook

Facebook recently introduced a feature called Profile Picture Guard. It protect others from downloading your profile picture. If you want to know more about it, you can read it here Profile Picture Guard | Facebook Help.

When turning on Profile Picture Guard, Facebook assure you that no one else can download your profile picture. Really??? 😆😆😆 Never!!!

I worked some time on it to see how can I bypass this restriction. Tried calculating the url to cdn but it requires a signature to access the file. Tried to view image and change dimensions and the result is negative.

What's next?

Think out of the Box.

I think I should leave it and change my target first. Then I decided to test it from my another account to check is there a way to bypass it.

Opened the profile picture and copied the url. Then I opened incognito to login to other account. Went to the url that I copied earlier and I was about to type my username and password in the login form at the top of page. Suddenly a pop up came. Wow!!! There's the image I am looking for. Got it.

Reported the issue to facebook but they said

and closed it as informative.

Here's the PoC Video in case if you want.


Mar 3 - Report Submitted.

Mar 6 - Kamala from Facebook Security replied that it is a test pilot test and closed as informative.

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  1. why need to do such just do it by inspect element even u can have it

    1. There are another few methods too. One of them is{user_id}/picture?width=1200&height=1200


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