Re: DNS CACHE POISONING? - Our Portal is redirecting to our first competition Jan 22 2008 09:00PM
Stephen John Smoogen (smooge gmail com) (2 replies)
Re: DNS CACHE POISONING? - Our Portal is redirecting to our firstcompetition Jan 22 2008 10:37PM
Graeme Fowler (G E Fowler lboro ac uk)
RE: DNS CACHE POISONING? - Our Portal is redirecting to our first competition Jan 22 2008 09:39PM
AJ (arembert samscreen com)
How are you certain they are being redirected by resources not in
your control? Are you certain the page being loaded is, in fact, your
competitors page and not a phishing site? Have you been able to reproduce
this or are users emailing with complaints? For the users that are
complaining of being redirected, are they experiencing any other issues with
their accounts? This may help narrow where the redirect is actually


A.J. Rembert
arembert (at) samscreen (dot) com [email concealed]
Ph. 607-722-3979 Fx. 607-722-7128
Samscreen, Inc. / PSSI
216 Broome Corporate Pkwy
Conklin, NY 13748

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-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen John Smoogen [mailto:smooge (at) gmail (dot) com [email concealed]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 4:00 PM
To: Alfonso Valdes Carrales
Cc: incidents (at) securityfocus (dot) com [email concealed]
Subject: Re: DNS CACHE POISONING? - Our Portal is redirecting to our first

On Jan 22, 2008 1:19 PM, Alfonso Valdes Carrales <ponchovaldes (at) gmail (dot) com [email concealed]>
> 2008/1/22, Stephen John Smoogen <smooge (at) gmail (dot) com [email concealed]>:
> > On 22 Jan 2008 00:55:30 -0000, <ponchovaldes (at) gmail (dot) com [email concealed]> wrote:
> > > Hello guys, we have a social network that is getting stronger, but we
> are having an issue.
> > >
> > >
> > > And the issue is that Sometimes... our page redirects to another
> actually the page that redirects is our first competition,here in Latino
> America, i know that they are causing that kind of mess.. so we thought in
> this.
> > >
> > >
> > > - We know that our DNS server is ok, and havent been compromised,
> > >
> > > - DNS cache poisoning
> > >
> > > - Malware ?
> > >
> > > - some kind of virus that the guys(bad) made. ( the other portal -
> social network-)
> > >
> >
> > You have provided too little information for anyone to really help.
> > 1) What is your website's architecture?
> > A) What kind of OS on the servers
> > B) What kind of software on the servers
> > C) Is it hosted on dedicated hardware or on a third party software
> > D) Do you use some sort of 3rd party software to get to your page (eg
> > you rely on a company to send customers to your page.)
> One box virtualized with XEN that has centos, the website virtualized
> (apache), db(mysql) and the mailserver have DEBIAN also virtualized .
> (dedicated hardware that each sservice is separated in one virtual server
> but consolidated)
> The DNS server is out side, another dedicated server using BIND9 - not
> using any kind of third party software
> > 2) What do you mean by redirect. In small steps explain how a user
> > normally gets to and sees your site and what happens when it doesnt
> > work
> User wants to access: AND sometimes... maybe the
> of the times if you type and hit ENTER, it redirects or
> goes to the page of (this is another social network). Of
> course is causing this mess.
> If the page works fine, it just displays the page of unibicate and just
> in.. as a normal Social network.

One thing I have learned is that in 99% of the cases the other company
is not the cause.. or "Do not blame to malice of your competitor when
there are 4 billion teenagers who think doing this sort of prank is
fun, interesting, cool, etc."

I can't get it to happen at this time from my area.. so I really don't
know what is going on.

Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"

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