Mozilla and Google’s support for DoH protocol upsets UK regulators and ISPs UK ISP group has even named Mozilla ‘Internet Villain’ for supporting ‘DNS-over-HTTPS.’ See also 10 dangerous app vulnerabilities to watch out for (free PDF) Google has announced plans to officially test the new DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol inside Google Chrome starting with v78, scheduled for release in late October this year. The DNS-over-HTTPS protocol works by sending DNS requests to special DoH-compatible DNS resolvers. The benefit comes from the fact that DNS requests are sent via port 443, as encrypted HTTPS traffic, rather than cleartext, via port 53. This hides DoH requests in the unending stream of HTTPS traffic that moves across the web at any moment of the day and prevents third-party observers from tracking users’ browsing histories by recording and looking at their unencrypted DNS data. The news that Google is looking into testing DoH in Chrome comes just as Mozilla announced plans over the weekend to gradually enable DoH by default for a small subset of users in the US later this month. If Mozilla’s plan goes as expected, the browser maker hopes to have the feature enabled by default for all US users by next year. Google’s DoH plan Google’s DoH plan differs because the browser maker had fallen behind in supporting this new protocol. Firefox has had DoH support since last year, while Chrome devs only added it in May this year. While Firefox has run countless DoH tests already, Google is only now… [Read full story]
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