Redirection limit exceeded while searching MSN from http://www.msnbc.com/ To repro: 1) Load http://www.msnbc.com/ 2) On the left use "Search MSNBC" and enter the word 'trout'.
This bug happens with a stock Firefox 1.0 build. Investigating...
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Hmm... it looks like the search request results in a redirect to: /?id=3053419&oldUrl=http://www.msnbc.com/filenotfound.asp (which doesn't look right). When we try to load that page, the response is again a redirect to that same page. This repeats until the "redirection limit exceeded" error is triggered. I'll check now to see what IE does differently.
IE sends this cookie header: Cookie: MC1=V=3&GUID=237f036950b84cf0bebe2ac1a5d4ed6f; TZM=-480; ASP.NET_SessionId=ohmx3n45apa42045ucrncwrt But, Mozilla does not have the ASP.NET_SessionId cookie set. This may explain the problem. I think the problem is that this cookie is set on the host "msnbc.msn.com" but the search URL is for the host "www.msnbc.msn.com" If the cookie were a domain cookie then this would not be a problem, but since it is a host cookie, the cookie does not apply. I suspect that the bug would go away if http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ were loaded instead of http://www.msnbc.com/.
> I suspect that the bug would go away if http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ were loaded > instead of http://www.msnbc.com/. To my surprise, this is not true. Need to investigate further to find out why.
Ah, because the ASP.NET_SessionId cookie is set when loading a frame on the page that seems to be hard coded to the host "msnbc.msn.com" :-(
So, this is probably an evangelism bug since the site should really be using a domain cookie here instead. dwitte: what do you think?
I've seen previous comments about IE mixing up host and domain cookies... (or not having the concept host cookies at all)
What mvl said. Evangelism would be nicer (and safer) unless we test IE thoroughly and confirm the domain behavior.
Assignee: darin → nobody
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
QA Contact: benc → networking
this works now and according to he comments this is was TE
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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