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ABE Question

Post by share666 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:17 pm

I received this message when I signed into my Amazon account. I have no idea what to do. Also...should the Hosts file contain an entry such as 127.0.0.1 localhost (No # in front of the line). Thanks.




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barbaz
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Re: ABE Question

Post by barbaz » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:50 pm

What to do is fix your poorly-done HOSTS file. Instead of pointing "blocked" sites to 127.0.0.1, which is your own machine, point to 0.0.0.0 which is an invalid destination IP.
For more information see https://hackademix.net/2009/07/01/abe-warnings-everywhere-omg/ (do NOT use 255.255.255.0 as suggested there and elsewhere, when I tried that it caused MASSIVE slowdown)

share666 wrote:Also...should the Hosts file contain an entry such as 127.0.0.1 localhost (No # in front of the line).

Yes this line is required for proper functioning of your networking.
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!
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Re: ABE Question

Post by share666 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:46 pm

The only entry I have in the Hosts file is the local host - which points to 127.0.0.1. I have ABE enabled but simply don't know what the message means or what action I should take. I didn't know about blocked sites pointing to 0.0.0.0. I've tried the other addresses and ran into issues so I deleted everything except the local host. That's good info.
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Re: ABE Question

Post by barbaz » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:49 pm

That's weird, that site really should not be LOCAL...
Can you please post the DNS lookup of the site? (Command Prompt, enter this: )

Code: Select all

nslookup s.amazon-adsystem.com
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share666
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Re: ABE Question

Post by share666 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:10 pm

nslookup s.amazon-adsystem.com
Server: resolver1.privateinternetaccess.com
Address: 209.222.18.222

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: s.amazon-adsystem.com
Address: 54.239.31.89
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Re: ABE Question

Post by share666 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:18 pm

When I disconnected from my VPN provider I got this - and no popup.


C:\Users\Steve>nslookup s.amazon-adsystem.com
Server: 3141
Address: 192.168.1.1

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: s.amazon-adsystem.com
Address: 72.21.206.93
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Re: ABE Question

Post by barbaz » Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:58 pm

share666 wrote:Address: 54.239.31.89

Is this your WAN IP in NoScript Options > Advanced > ABE?

I think your VPN provider is blocking amazon-adsystem.com by returning an IP address that ABE thinks is LOCAL. It's blocked here too, apparently by the Disconnect malvertising blacklist...
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Re: ABE Question

Post by share666 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:01 pm

no, it is 162.216.46.13 which is the IP of my VPN provider.
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Re: ABE Question

Post by share666 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:04 pm

54.239.31.89 appears to be an Amazon IP.
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Re: ABE Question

Post by share666 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:07 pm

I finally blocked it by using umatrix and privacy badger. It was already blocked in Noscript but apparently that wasn't enough.
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Re: ABE Question

Post by barbaz » Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:39 pm

share666 wrote:apparently that wasn't enough.

For what?
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Re: ABE Question

Post by share666 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:21 pm

To stop the ABE popup when accessing Amazon under my VPM
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