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MSN Search PageJacking Critical Flaw

Looks like MSN has the same critical problem as Google

4:46 pm on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have started seeing links from places where they shouldn't be. A quick examination of the results shows that the database is nailed.

I'll take the New Scientist as an example and pick a site they link to:

link:www.reviewcentre.com newscientist.com


Check the cache on a lot of the results - its their content but not their site.

Pages show up with the New Scientist content on it, even though the headers are:

HTTP Status Code: HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 16:32:09 GMT
Server: Orion/2.0.3
Content-Length: 195
Connection: Close
Content-Type: text/plain
Location: [newscientist.com...]
Redirect Target: [newscientist.com...]

#2 Server Response: [newscientist.com...]
HTTP Status Code: HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 16:32:10 GMT
Server: Orion/2.0.3
Cache-Control: private
Connection: Close
Content-Type: text/html;charset=UTF-8

Blatantly not the new scientist.

PastyPosse (aka dodgy surfer dudes)

7:21 pm on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm. The "new" MSN search is supposed to have been built "from scratch" by MS engineers. I guess that must be a pretty common programming error. We saw it with Yahoo's results not so long ago, too. Fancy that.

( Welcome to the forums, pastypossie! )


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