VeriSign's redirect page leaking data

Tuesday, 30 September 2003, 3:21 PM EST

VeriSign's sitefinder service, the page on its website to which all mistyped .com and .net queries are now routed by the registrar, is leaking information to marketing analysis firm Omniture, according to Richard M. Smith, an independent security researcher.

Earlier this month, VeriSign made changes to domain name service zones that would result in most mistyped .com and .net domain names being redirected to its own site. The company secures a majority of e-commerce transactions and communications, and serves as the definitive registry for .com and .net domain names. It also runs the "A" root server for the global DNS, one of 13 such root servers.

Smith said in a posting to the Full-Disclosure mailing list that data submitted in web forms, which could easily contain personal information such as an email address, were being leaked. "For the problem to occur, a Web form must use the GET method," he said.

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