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[opensuse] Firefox phones home/Google
  • From: Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 14:26:16 +0100 (MET)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0701311357060.13737@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi list.

Just when I wanted to debug a web problem, I saw tcpdump
showing Firefox making silent requests to Google. (wtf at this point!)
To reproduce: Open a random webpage (preferably one that does not
reference external content, e.g. ; local
files don't trigger it)

14:23:03.581788 IP > P 1:691(690)
ack 1 win 5840

B...8"..%.g..P.......GET,goog-white-url:1:371,goog-black-url:1:8400,goog-black-enchash:1:17514 HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:
Gecko/20061023 SUSE/ Firefox/
Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;q=0.9,text/plain;q=0.8,image/png,*/*;q=0.5
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: UTF-8,*
Keep-Alive: 300
Proxy-Connection: keep-alive
Cookie: PREF=ID=b81b7fa78ae17cf1:TM=1168225067:LM=1168225067:S=xIIiZGyQbydqdfSG

Can I _please_ get information why there's spyware like this in Firefox?
Added by SUSE?

(I don't have the Google Toolbar installed, which, in itself, already
transmits data unwanted, leading to congestion on modem lines.)

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