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bug #39052: Disable sending a user agent string by default

Submitted by:  kdevel <kdevel>
Submitted on:  Thu 23 May 2013 04:13:45 PM UTC  
Category: Feature RequestSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalStatus: Wont Fix
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: None
Originator Name: Open/Closed: Closed
Release: NoneOperating System: None
Reproducibility: NoneFixed Release: None
Planned Release: NoneRegression: None
Work Required: NonePatch Included: Yes

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Fri 13 Sep 2013 02:32:11 PM UTC, comment #1:

You won't need a patch to suppress User-Agent by default.
Just insert
into ~/.wgetrc or into /etc/wgetrc to supress it.

Tim Ruehsen <rockdaboot>
Project Administrator
Thu 23 May 2013 04:13:45 PM UTC, original submission:

If wget is considered a "hacker tool" [1] it should not report its name to the server unbeknownst to the user of wget. The attached patch introduces a new option (short -u, long --defaultuseragent) which restores the old behavior.

Without -u or -U wget does no longer send a user agent string.

[1] http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/reporters-use-google-find-breach-get-branded-as-hackers/

kdevel <kdevel>


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file #28148:  wget-1.14-default-ua.diff added by kdevel (4KiB - text/x-patch)


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    Mon 02 Mar 2015 05:34:38 PM UTCdarnirStatusNone=>Wont Fix
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    Thu 23 May 2013 04:13:45 PM UTCkdevelAttached File-=>Added wget-1.14-default-ua.diff, #28148

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