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XSS-FP: Browser Fingerprinting using HTML Parser Quirks


There are many scenarios in which inferring the type of a client browser is desirable, for instance to fight against session stealing. This is known as browser fingerprinting. This paper presents and evaluates a novel fingerprinting technique to determine the exact nature (browser type and version, eg Firefox 15) of a web-browser, exploiting HTML parser quirks exercised through XSS. Our experiments show that the exact version of a web browser can be determined with 71\% of accuracy, and that only 6 tests are sufficient to quickly determine the exact family a web browser belongs to.
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hal-00753926 , version 1 (19-11-2012)



Erwan Abgrall, Yves Le Traon, Martin Monperrus, Sylvain Gombault, Mario Heiderich, et al.. XSS-FP: Browser Fingerprinting using HTML Parser Quirks. [Research Report] 12888, SnT. 2012. ⟨hal-00753926⟩
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