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RE: Microsoft DNS resolver: deliberately sabotaged hosts-file lookup
From: Mario Contestabile <marioc () computer org>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 11:56:53 -0400

Fyi, Any NT app can bypass the local hosts file using DnsQuery(...,...,

marioc () computer org


-----Original Message-----
From: Joachim Schipper [mailto:j.schipper () math uu nl] 
Sent: April 13, 2006 8:13 PM
To: full-disclosure () lists grok org uk; bugtraq () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: [Full-disclosure] Microsoft DNS resolver: deliberately
sabotaged hosts-file lookup

On Thu, Apr 13, 2006 at 06:29:15PM +0100, Dave Korn wrote:

  Hey, guess what I just found out:  Microsoft have deliberately 
sabotaged their DNS client's hosts table lookup functionality.

(...) I'd try to block (Windows Media Player) it in my hosts file.

  Microsoft DNS client special-cases 'go.microsoft.com' and refuses to 
look it up in the hosts file.

  I'm running fully up-to-date Windows XP SP2.  I don't have any pfw 
software that could conceivably be interfering, and the windows 
firewall is running with more-or-less the default settings (I've only 
added a couple of exceptions, no other changes).  I don't think this is a
false positive.

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