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What software breaks because of this DNS feature?
According to RFC1034, "cnn.com" and "cnn.com." should be the same domain
names. However, it doesn't appear that programmers always understand that
trailing dots can be added to domain names.
For example, these two URLs both go to the CNN Web site in Internet
However, Internet Explorer considers these two domain names to be different
when it comes to cookies. "cnn.com." gets a different cookie from "cnn.com"
This behavior of Internet Explorer is a bug, but probably not a particularly
Here's another example at Internic which treats the query "com" different
My two questions: How much other software behaves incorrectly because of a
trailing period on a domain name? Do any of these problems represent
Richard M. Smith