From Bugzilla Helper: User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux 2.4.0-test10 i686; en-US; m18) Gecko/20001130 BuildID: 2000113008 If the redirected-to site refuses a connection, the error message incorrectly says the redirecting site is to blame. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Get a 2.4 Linux kernel with ECN enabled (this is needed to make www.zdnet.com refuse the connection) 2. Go to the URL Actual Results: "The connection was refused when attempting to contact www.google.com" The statusbar shows a successful connection to www.google.com and the attempt to load www.zdnet.com. Expected Results: Showed www.zdnet.com as the one to blame at the error message. ECN (Explicit Congestion Notification) is a recent standard that uses two of the formerly "reserved" bits in the TCP header. This makes some broken firewalls ignore or RST the connection. I think here we're getting an RST (since it's faster than a timeout). I think it might be possible to reproduce the bug by pointing the redirect to a closed port.
Confirming. You don't need to use linux2.4 - just manually edit the url to point it at a host which doesn't accept http connections. I used a usyd internal-only host which is down ATM that I could get to without a proxy server - you won't see this if you're using a proxy, because you'll get an error generated by the proxy instead. I've changed the url to cvs.mozilla.org, which doesn't accept http connections, and so should exhibit the same problem. Also see bug 19073.
Assignee: asa → neeti
Severity: minor → enhancement
Component: Browser-General → Networking
QA Contact: doronr → tever
Summary: Bogus error message → [RFE] Proper Support for ECN - Explicit Congestion Notification
Networking, because thats where the error comes from, but ECN is a red herring with this - its just a kernel level networking protocol which is incorrectly blocked by some firewalls (see http://lwn.net/2000/0914/kernel.php3 - at the end). Connecting via a redirect to a host which doesn't answer for any reason (like cvs.mozilla.org, because it doesn't run a web server AFAIK) will do to duplicate this - see URL in the bug report.
Severity: enhancement → minor
Summary: [RFE] Proper Support for ECN - Explicit Congestion Notification → Wrong host mentioned in error message
*** Bug 68596 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
mass move, v2. qa to me.
QA Contact: tever → benc
I have the slight impression that someone fixed this bug and forgot to close it, or that it got fixed by accident. WFM 2001090608 QA please verify
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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