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So 10% of the time when I go to type stackoverflow.com I actually type stackoverflow.co.nz because .co.nz is my local ccTLD. Force of habit if I've been surfing locally. I normally don't get as far as hitting enter but tonight I did.

If i do this in IE i get a dialog box asking me if i want to allow the website to open a program on my computer. Obviously I clicked "Hell No" in response to that.

But when I pulled out my sniffer I couldn't find anything. The site just seems to recursively redirect to itself and with each iteration it appends a /stackoverflow.com to the url as below:

http://www.stackoverflow.co.nz/stackoverflow.com/[etc etc]stackoverflow.com/

So is there actually anything nasty there or is this just IE being alarmst? Firefox & Chrome just seem to shrug it off with an eventual BAD REQUEST 400. But I wondered, what's this meathead up to? Something mindless or something sinister?

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Not sure this is really a "meta" topic, though. It doesn't really concern the SO family, only another site, if I understood good. –  Gnoupi Feb 15 '10 at 11:02
First it adds one. Then two. Then four. Then eight. And so on and so forth and so long. –  random Feb 15 '10 at 11:05
@random: and thanks for all the fish! –  fretje Feb 15 '10 at 11:24
we tried to warn you but oh deaaaaarrr (8) –  jmfsg Feb 15 '10 at 14:29
I need me a copy of IE that has the Hell No button –  squillman Feb 15 '10 at 15:36
@squillman: stardock.com/products/windowblinds –  rism Feb 15 '10 at 20:38

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There are a bunch of buffer overflow vulnerabilities in various versions of Internet Explorer. It seems this site is trying to demonstrate some of those.

It looks like their registration is going to expire in 10 days.

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+1 either that, or an innocent redirection gone wrong. Howeve, the use of ".com" points against that. –  Pëkka Feb 15 '10 at 12:39
So stackoverflow.co.nz is just trying to stack overflow –  DrDro Feb 15 '10 at 16:10
Yup, but I dont know why the Urls are being incremented. Why not just go from 0 to 100 in one step? Why redirect 8-9 times? –  rism Feb 15 '10 at 20:50
@rism Maybe he is trying to take advantage of osvdb.org/30834 –  Sinan Ünür Feb 16 '10 at 18:17

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