Nearly everyone involved in security testing or website design has undoubtedly used the domains example.com and example.net to demonstrate something or other. These are special domain names, reserved for private testing, so nobody is allowed to register them.
For as long as I can remember, the domains have been configured to point to a web server. For several years, they returned the following rather minimalist content:
You have reached this web page by typing "example.com", "example.net","example.org" or "example.edu" into your web browser.
These domain names are reserved for use in documentation and are not available for registration. See RFC 2606, Section 3.
But now it's changed! The example domains now issue a 302 redirect to a page on a different domain: http://www.iana.org/domains/example/
Try it out: http://example.com
I don't like this. I'm all in favour of making things look a bit prettier, but for some reason it seems wrong to redirect users to a completely different domain name.
I wonder if any test code will be broken by this change?