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bug#58011: Jitsi, Bowser, and IceCat's user agent string

From: Michael McMahon
Subject: bug#58011: Jitsi, Bowser, and IceCat's user agent string
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:50:06 -0400
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:91.0) Gecko/20100101 Icedove/91.11.0

Hi, Mark!

I have not used IceCat 102 myself, but the user that reported this claimed they were using 102.3esr. I pulled the user agent string from nginx logs from a jitsi-meet instance so some people are using it in the wild.

I made a server-side change to correct IceCat to Firefox on the server side and asked them to try again [1]. The single change did not fix the issue, but after the user claims that the page worked after they disabling privacy.resistFingerprinting.

[1] https://github.com/jitsi/js-utils/blob/master/browser-detection/BrowserDetection.js#L19

Michael McMahon | Web Developer, Free Software Foundation
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On 9/22/22 20:51, Mark H Weaver wrote:
Hi Michael,

Michael McMahon <michael@fsf.org> writes:

I received a report that an IceCat user was not able to use Jitsi with
IceCat 102.  They reported that changing the user agent string to
Firefox fixed their issue.
IceCat 102's user agent string looks like this:

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:102.0) Gecko/20100101 IceCat/102.0

That's not what I'm seeing with IceCat 102.3.0-guix0-preview1 as built
by GNU Guix.  Using a freshly created profile, I visited a website
served by my own web server, and then looked at its logs, which revealed
that my Guix-built IceCat 102 sent the following user agent string:

   "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:102.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/102.0"

Can you tell me more about how you built or acquired the IceCat 102 that
produced the user agent string ending with "IceCat/102.0"?


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