[thelist] Re: browser detection for fun and profit

Peter-Paul Koch gassinaumasis at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 22 09:00:28 CST 2003

> > Any idea how they achieve this - since Safari can spoof its identiy,
> > there must presumably be a unique object or combination of object
> > returns that can be used to identify it uniquely?
>Safari uses the following UA string by default:
>Netscape 5.0 Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/48
>(like Gecko) Safari/48
>Notice that "Safari" is in the string.
>There are utilities that enable a Debug option in Safari that normally
>isn't there, and it the debug menu is the option to spoof other UA strings.
>I'm not sure if "Safari" still appears in the spoofed UA strings.

It doesn't, which is why a pure browser detect on navigator.userAgent is

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