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Re: What triggers "A script modified the host part ..." warning?

From: Giuseppe Scrivano
Subject: Re: What triggers "A script modified the host part ..." warning?
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 08:38:14 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.90 (gnu/linux)


it happens when a script modify the host part in an URL.  For example
in the page there is present a link to a website
http://another.web.site.com/ (and this is what you see in the status
bar) but immediately after you click on it a script modify it to point
to another site and in this way, track your click.  This site will
send you immediately a redirect to the page you thought to request and
you will not notice anything if not trought this feature.

These new features are still experimental and we are looking if they
can really help users to identify these common techniques or if they
are just annoying them.


novakyu <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,
> I apologize in advance if I'm asking a common question (I skimmed last
> few months of archive and didn't find anything), but how do I find out
> what triggers the warning, "A script modified the host part in a link
> in the page. This can cause serious privacy problems." ? This warning
> shows up in A LOT of places, including GMail and my own website (which
> I designed to be as little dynamic as possible), but without being
> able to find out exactly what triggers this, it's kinda useless.
> I am using IceCat on Debian Etch. I compiled it (after running apt-get
> build-dep iceweasel) from the source distribution, version
>, the latest, I think.
> Thank you,
> Andrzej
> --
> http://gnuzilla.gnu.org

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