Exploit for DNS Cache Poisoning - RELEASED

Skywing Skywing at valhallalegends.com
Thu Jul 24 03:40:47 UTC 2008

Bookmarks or favorites or whatever your browser of choice wishes to call them, for the https URLs.  That, or remember to type in the https:// prefix.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick W. Gilmore [mailto:patrick at ianai.net]
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 11:01 PM
To: nanog at merit.edu
Subject: Re: Exploit for DNS Cache Poisoning - RELEASED

On Jul 23, 2008, at 9:27 PM, Jasper Bryant-Greene wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-07-23 at 21:17 -0400, Joe Abley wrote:
>> Luckily we have the SSL/CA architecture in place to protect any web
>> page served over SSL. It's a good job users are not conditioned to
>> click "OK" when told "the certificate for this site is invalid".
> 'course, as well as relying on users not ignoring certificate
> warnings,
> SSL as protection against this attack relies on the user explicitly
> choosing SSL (by manually prefixing the URL with https://), or
> noticing
> that the site didn't redirect to SSL.
> Your average Joe who types www.paypal.com into their browser may very
> well not notice that they didn't get redirected to
> https://www.paypal.com/

That did not even occur to me.

Anyone have a foolproof way to get grandma to always put "https://" in
front of "www"?

Seriously, I was explaining the problem to someone saying "never click
'OK'" when this e-mail came in and I realized how silly I was being.



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