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Msie 7.0
Does it really exist yet?
GaryK

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Msg#: 1986 posted 8:36 pm on Feb 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1)

I've seen the above ua several times in my logs this week; all from the same IP Address that traces back to what appears to be a customer's DSL account. I can't seem to find any information on MSIE 7.0. Do you all think this is a spoofed ua, or is it legit?

 

prophecy

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Msg#: 1986 posted 5:35 am on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've heard they've been working on a new one since mozilla firebird is getting better.

GaryK

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Msg#: 1986 posted 6:25 am on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Respectfully, Mozilla Firebird no longer exists. It's changed names yet again and is now called Firefox. :)

Has anyone seen the above user agent in their logs recently?

bull

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Msg#: 1986 posted 6:27 am on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

MSIE 7.01 comes here every day twice to deliver its logspam from czech republic. Banned it until a real MSIE 7 will be released. Very annoying.

GaryK

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Msg#: 1986 posted 6:43 am on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks, bull. I know about that one. Are you confirming you know MS doesn't have a version of IE 7.0 in some sort of public beta form yet? Thanks.

bruhaha

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Msg#: 1986 posted 1:50 pm on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

There are some browsers that give their users the option of what UA info is sent to the logs. (Doesn't Opera allow this?) If the user has done so, and the browser they are actually using does have a 7.0 version, you might get a "spoofed" reference to MSIE 7.0 in your logs, without any malicious or devious intent.

I'm not quite sure why users want/need to fool the logs in this way, but it does happen.

WibbleWobble

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Msg#: 1986 posted 3:44 pm on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't think opera allows for deviations from those it has by default (Opera, IE6, Moz various etc)- if it does, I've not found it. Phoenix-nay, Firebird-nay, Firefox has a user agent toolbar that allows for any input, so that could do it.

prophecy

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Msg#: 1986 posted 4:07 pm on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Jeez, didn't even know about the firefox thing, that must have happened in the past week? Guess i'll be downloading that right now. And spoofing it very easy, anyone with a little programming knowledge can also spoof it if they have a program that crawls, and maybe the people from czech republic are crawling for email addresses.

bull

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Msg#: 1986 posted 7:16 pm on Feb 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

The Opera 7.22 I have here does not allow you to set any UA string. There are some predefined values.
For Mozilla et al, there is at least one UA toolbar out there which allows you to select any UA string.

edit_g

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Msg#: 1986 posted 4:39 am on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Spoofing your UA is pretty easy. But Longhorn is being Alpha tested, and IE6 is still there...

lukasz

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Msg#: 1986 posted 4:51 am on Feb 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I heard long time ago that you can buy pirated longhorn in south east asia.
How the longhorns browser would be called?
logic say MSIE 7

sidyadav

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Msg#: 1986 posted 9:27 am on Feb 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Its so easy to change your user agent in IE. A few clicks on regedit.exe would do it (I've done it).

Anyone can do it easily, but when you know its not true, why bother?

Sid

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