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Re: International DNS compromise?
From: <bill () dit-inc us>
Date: 6 Aug 2004 20:05:09 -0000

In-Reply-To: <20040805192243.7826e6b9.john () pond-weed com>

This is from China's "Great Firewall" sniffering their 54Gbps International traffic. 

I presented some detailes at the HOPE conference in NYC last month. I posted the presentaion here: 
http://www.dit-inc.us/report/hope2004/cover.htm (click on the image to get in)

Regarding this DNS hijacking thing, it is worth mentioning that root DNS server in China may hijack query from 
neighbouring countries as well.

The black list for DNS hijacking is very small. TCP session hijacking list is longer, IP blocking blacklist is the 


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Subject: Re: International DNS compromise?
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On Wed, 4 Aug 2004 22:11:01 -0700 (PDT)
Zhen Shi <zhenshi99 () yahoo com> wrote:

Dear all,
  Recently I noticed something fishy in the DNS system
between US and China. 
  First, any IPs, dead or live, in China will respond
to your DNS query for some domains. For example
(screen shot with some clean-up and comments): 


server     <=== pick a random IP     in
Default Server:  []

Server:  []

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    www.rfa.org
Address:  <=== you got response!!!!

  Second, every time the response is different: 

Server:  []

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    www.rfa.org


It looks like it all works OK with most domain names. But rfa.org is the
sort of site the Chinese would want to censor. Evidently this is part of
their strategy for doing that.

This has the side-effect that you could discover the list of sites being
censored by systematically comparing DNS replies from a server in China
with those from an uncompromised server.


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