[thelist] Server Hacked

kasimir-k kasimir.k.lists at gmail.com
Sun Feb 18 14:04:14 CST 2007

Hershel Robinson scribeva in 18/02/2007 18:42:
> Try going to that URL to see what happens. Using IE6 / Win 2K I had to 
> use the Task Manager to kill the resultant IE windows.

<tip type="safe way to visit suspicious URLs" author="kasimir-k">

Sometimes you want to see what a suspicious URL has there, but visiting 
it with your browser might be harmful. Of course you can disable 
javascript, but even then visiting some URLs might prove to be an 
uncomfortable browsing experience.

In this kind of situations I tend to use cURL[0], a command line tool 
for HTTP requests (and many other protocols). It's really simple to use:
curl http://example.com
will display the response, and you can be certain that your browser wont 
do anything unexpected :-)

If you want to save the response in a file:
curl http://example.com > file.txt

But cURL is good for a lot more than just visiting malicious URLs, you 
can view response headers, do POSTs and even upload files - and many, 
many other things you might want to do when developing net apps.

[0] http://curl.haxx.se/



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