Re: [Full-disclosure] Weird URL
From: Vincent van Scherpenseel (mailinglists_at_vanscherpenseel.nl)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Bug Traq <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 17:39:16 +0200
On Monday 01 August 2005 17:26, Bug Traq wrote:
> Paste this URL in a firefox browser address bar and see what happens.
> Anyone know why?
Yes, Firefox uses Google's "I'm feeling lucky" feature to redirect users who
enter a word in the address bar which does not exist. The only part needed to
be redirected to paypal.com is http://https
If you shorten that just a little bit (to http://http) you'll arrive at
www.microsoft.com (that's kind of ironic even ;).
Now try looking up the words https and http on Google and see which websites
are at rank 1 :)
This feature could be exploited by malicious people though: by crafting a
phishing mail with the url: http://http://www.abnamro.com people arrive at
Microsoft's website instead of the site of the ABN Amro bank. Now what if
someone replaces the second http with a keyword which links to a malicious
ranked-1 site in Google? In combination with Google ranking abuse tricks this
could pose a serious threat to Average Joe.
- Vincent van Scherpenseel
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