Internationalized domain names in the root

Neil Harris neil at tonal.clara.co.uk
Sat May 8 07:29:10 CDT 2010


On 06/05/10 21:27, Zaid Ali wrote:
> I agree Safari experience looks much nicer and yes whole host of potential
> malice to arise. Firefox shows punycode
>
>   http://xn--4gbrim.xn----rmckbbajlc6dj7bxne2c.xn--wgbh1c/ar/default.aspx
>
> Now if I understood arabic only and was travelling or happen to use Firefox
> which showed punycode how would I trust it? If it was directly translated to
> latin characters I could trust it with verification from someone I know who
> understands english. I would not trust puny code because an end user does
> not know what it means, I think there is potential for a lot of issues here.
>
> Zaid
>
>

This is indeed a security issue, and the behaviour in Firefox is 
currently that way by design.

To fix it, the .eg / .xn--4gbrim TLD registrar needs to contact the 
Mozilla Foundation in order to inform the Foundation of their official 
IDN name allocation policy, so that the native-script URL display can 
then be switched on for their domain.

See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=564213  and 
http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/tld-idn-policy-list.html

-- Neil





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