Thursday, July 20, 2006

Double Agent Trapped by Bot Blocker

The title wouldn't be so funny except this double agent originated from the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).

Here's the user agent string that caused the problem: [] requested 2 pages as "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.3; Windows NT; DCMA 5.5 r.2.0); .NET CLR 1.0.3705; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)"
Anyone notice the double agent in the string?

It was the second "Windows NT;" without the version number, which is technically invalid, that caused them to get snared.

Oopsy, military intelligence stikes again.

Just hope whoever did that doesn't contribute code to the missile defense systems!


Dan said...

This post made my day ;)

GaryK said...

Interesting. I ran the user agent through my user agent checker and it came back as IE 6.0 running WinXP.

It's still a screwed-up user agent but at least I've made allowances for the lack of military intelligence. At least for the web team.

Doing my best to be patriotic. LOL.