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Strange URL when using Yahoo Mail


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#1 adot99

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:56 PM

I noticed something strange just now, and am wondering what direction to go with it. I use web-based yahoo mail. I'm using Firefox as my browser. Both are up to date. I've got Webroot Secureanywhere for virus protection, in addition to whatever Windows 7 does for me.

History: On January 8, I replied to a message from the PTA president (not some random email/person) to tell her I'd attend a meeting. We'll call that email "amy@lastname.com" for the purposes of anonymity. It was one quick reply, and I've sent and replied to many emails since that time.

Tonight, I was replying to an email from my milk delivery service, "service@royalcrest.com" and just happened to look up at the URL in my browser window before sending. It looked like this:

http://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=1017244848&action=compose&To=mailto:amy%lastname.com#mail

(again, I anonymized the email address, but you get the idea...)

I hit "compose" for a new email, and got the same thing.

I opened a new tab with mail.yahoo.com and the URL went back to looking like it should.

I could probably clear cache and restart and everything would be fine. But I don't want to have to check my URL every time I send an email wondering if I've been hijacked somehow.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

It's a perfectly legitimate Yahoo! Mail URL and does not indicate anything amiss.

us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com is a valid Yahoo! sub-domain name. Domains are read in reverse, so as long as the last part before the slash ("/") is "yahoo.com" you can be sure that you're interacting with a Yahoo! web address. Newer versions of Firefox will render other parts of the URL in a grey color and the main domain will be in solid black:
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Anything after the question mark is called a query string and has no relationship to the web page's address. So, the page you saw was located on a yahoo.com sub-domain (specifically, the us-mg6.mail sub-domain) and the page is called "/neo/launch". The query string specifies .rand=1017244848, action=compose and To=mailto:amy%lastname.com. The last part #mail is called a fragment which is used to specify a specific part of a web page, but doesn't affect the web page's address.

As to why it still had values corresponding to an old reply, I could only speculate. In any case, as I said, there's no indication of anything malicious going on.

Edited by Andrew, 23 January 2013 - 12:12 AM.


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:40 PM

To add to Andrew's excellent reply and information. If you ever want to verify the URL information you can always use this: http://www.iplocationfinder.com/us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com

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