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cnnsi Bug
Posted by: Spider
Date: March 24, 2007 06:15PM

I was checking the scores on the ncaa tournament this morning when I ran into some strange website behavior at www.cnnsi.com ( the sports illustrated webpage). There are some articles that won't let you surf to another site outside of cnnsi.

like

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/boxscores/2007/03/24/43379_boxscore.html

From that page, if you type a new website in the address bar, it will redirect you to

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_online/covers/

From there any address you type will just cause that page to reload.

I looked into it briefly, there isn't any obvious window.onbeforeunload in the javascript, but there is a page of obfusticated js in the linked

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/.element/js/3.0/omniture/s_code_dev.js

which is dedicated to the usual user behavior tracking.
Does anyone know of a js decompiler of some sort?

I hope its a bug of some kind, they wouldn't really want to keep users there forever.

The site is also riddled with xss holes as well, but thats not really that unusual.

I'd send them an email about it, but they tend to ignore these things. and they're really annoying me. I fell into the page a couple times before I decided to write this. I guess I'm going no script on their site for now. which I know is a good practice in general, but you know it makes some sites work worse.

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Re: cnnsi Bug
Posted by: Anonymous User
Date: June 27, 2007 04:48AM

????

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Re: cnnsi Bug
Posted by: thornmaker
Date: June 27, 2007 08:57AM

I could not reproduce in either firefox nor IE. I loaded up both SI pages you mention, and in both cases was allowed to enter www.google.com into the address bar and navigate to google with no problems.

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