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Re: common dns misconfiguration can lead to "same site" scripting

* Tavis Ormandy:

> Hello, I'd like to document what appears to be a common named
> misconfiguration that can result in a minor security issue with web
> applications.

Interesting, thanks.

I did some digging because I remembered a rule to put "localhost"
nodes into all zones.  It turns out that this was once recommended by
RFC 1537:

| Note that all domains that contain hosts should have a "localhost" A
| record in them.

That RFC was obsoleted by RFC 1912 in 1996, so there's no RFC
conformance issue if you omit the domain names.  But it explains why
there are so many zones that contain them.

> The JavaScript SOP
> (http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/components/same-origin.html)
> does include the port number, where as RFC2109
> (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2109.txt) explicitly does not. This
> behaviour is arguably incorrect, making it impossible to securely
> host a website from a multi-user machine, but nevertheless is the
> case, and is implemented by most major browsers.

A lot of deployed applications (including some of yours) would break
if cookies did not allow port switching.

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