Fascinating browser redirect query

Posted on 2013-01-26
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Last Modified: 2013-02-05
I just came across this interesting request hijack (maybe). This link in Bytes.com
I think bytes.com is a reputable site, but when i click on the link in IE7 (i know i'm the only one still using it) the request gets redirected to a russian porn site and probably an attempt at bufferoverflow + ransomeware. On later chrome + later IE it doesn't so i guess either the buffer overflow doens't work on these browsers so they don't bother, or my IE7 somehow has got infected, but this seems to be the only site that's jumping, if the browser were infected it would jump all the time i would think.
Fiddler's showing a request to immediately after bytes.com??? its bytes.com doing the redirect, or who?
Question by:Silas2
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most likely you have a infected system, where either the website gets injected or DNS is manipulated
general recommendation: install your OS from a 101% clean media (and don't use any data from current system without being 102% sure that it is not infected)

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How could it be dns because its only happening on one browser version? I'm not looking for solutions, I'm trying to work out how the http is getting hijacked.
Surely, if it were a browser infection it wouldn't only happen on this link.
However, why would the request hijack be browser version specific?
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ahoffmann earned 1000 total points
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> How could it be dns because its only happening on one browser version?
browsers handle name resolution differently and it depends on browser configuration

> ...  work out how the http is getting hijacked
did you check all your autostart folders, registry entries, etc.?

> However, why would the request hijack be browser version specific?
most exploits are programmed to target the "best browser" ;-)

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Actually, i think you might have hit the nail on the head with "most exploits are programmed to target the "best browser" ;-) "
I thought that maybe an advert on bytes.com was infected with a malicious jscript which only worked on IE7 would be an explanation.
I can't beleive the DNS infection as why would it only happen on one post on one site? surely if the dns mechanism was infected it would be happening all ove the shop wouldn't it?

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