Fast and Reliable Browser Identification With JavaScript Engine Fingerprinting

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Provided by: SBA Online Women's Business Center
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Web browsers are crucial software components in today's usage of the Internet, but the reliable detection of whether a client is using a specific browser can still be considered a nontrivial problem. Reliable browser identification is crucial for online security and privacy e.g., regarding drive-by downloads and user tracking, and can be used to enhance the user's security. So far the UserAgent string is often used to identify a given browser, but it is a self-reported string provided by the client and can be changed arbitrarily. In this paper, the authors propose a new method for identifying web browsers based on the underlying Javascript engine, which can be executed on the client side within a fraction of a second.
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