[unisog] Problems with EDU.COM domain

Christopher E. Cramer chris.cramer at duke.edu
Thu Mar 23 22:36:28 GMT 2006


interesting.  With www.duke.edu.com, I'm finding a third class of web 
page, one that says: "That school is not affiliated with this site, and 
does not endorse or sponsor this page."  That's all that's on the page. 
If you go to the parent website (college.us.com) and search for Duke, it 
has no clue.

I'm wondering if we've had a legal run in with these folks.

-c

On Thu, 23 Mar 2006, Alan Amesbury wrote:

> 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 (65.36.156.42).
>>
>> 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.
>
>
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> Alan Amesbury
> University of Minnesota
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