Monday, February 28, 2005

Firefox 1.0.1

Firefox 1.0.1 is out with some security fixes. Internationalized domain names like www.bä or www.bü – the German words for “bear” and “books” – will work, but are instantly rewritten to “Punycode”. This means www.bä turns to “” in the browser address bar. The reason behind this apparently is to prevent phishing attacks, which could fool users by leading them to URLs which look like “” but actually contain a cyrillic “a.” (Google, by the way, does understand special characters in domains, which you can see by entering “site:www.bä”.)

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