joined:July 22, 2010
Is it important for a webmaster to be able to recognize a fake user agent? And if it is, how does one do it? User agents come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like the fake Googlebots, are easy to recognize, but what about those really long ones. What do you think of this one?
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; FunWebProducts; GTB7.3; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; FunWebProducts)
Just the duplicate FunWebProducts was odd. But the visitor's behavior was normal. Here is the IP: 79.74.80.nn
Here's a long one: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; AOL 9.6; AOLBuild 4340.5002; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; GTB7.3; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; BRI/2; MAGW; InfoPath.3; .NET4.0C)
What is this?:
SAMSUNG-SGH-E250/1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UP.Browser/22.214.171.124.c.1.101 (GUI) MMP/2.0 (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)
What types of things should we be looking for that would stand out as a potential threat? Should all the components of a ua be in a certain order? Can they be in any order? What difference does it make?