[unisog] Problems with EDU.COM domain
amesbury at oitsec.umn.edu
Thu Mar 23 22:15:50 GMT 2006
H. Morrow Long wrote:
> As well as anything at zzz.edu.com such as XXX.ZZZ.EDU.COM
> They all resolve to the same IP for me (22.214.171.124).
> Thing is, if you use a name it recognizes (www.yale.edu.com)
> it presents a Yale University specific web page. If you use a
> name it doesn't ( http://xxx.zzz.edu.com/ ) you just get a
> generic advertising page.
From a technical standpoint, the potential problem I see here is that
people with hosts that use a misconfigured or broken resolver may end up
at the *.edu.com sites first. Consider what would happen if your
resolv.conf search line contained
search mysite.com com
Sure, such a configuration is arguable lunacy, but it's not entirely out
of the realm of possibility. More importantly, some web browsers "help"
their users out by completing URLs with ".com".
Something to keep in mind, I guess.
University of Minnesota
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