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AOL screws up - Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus
fallenpegasus
AOL screws up
http://registration.aol.com requires cross-site cookies to login to one's AIM account.

This is unwise. (Which is a polite way of saying "Those dumbasses!".)

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papertygre From: papertygre Date: November 17th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
how exactly do they require cross-site cookies and why is it bad?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: November 17th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had to go to Firefox->Edit->Preferences->Privacy->Cookies->"Allow Sites to Set Cookies"->"For Originating Site Only", and turn it off.

This allows a site to set a cookie that can be read by another site, and allows other sites to read cookies set by sites other than themselves.
From: ex_marahmari475 Date: November 20th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, http://registration.aol.com/ no longer works (it now leads to what AOL bluntly calls an "Error Page").

In English that means: "Whoops, we f#ck#d up, and some guy on LiveJournal caught it, so we're taking the page down before this issue winds up on Digg.com - just like other issues wound up on Digg.com."

Gotta love AOL - "so screwed up, no wonder we're no longer #1".

I run ANTI-AOL, BTW, and you can classify my feelings for AOL as "not exactly a love affair." Nice to meet you.
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