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Re: building pages with tor in mind

In addition, since js is a scripting language, it opens the hole to
computer vulnerabilities. HTML is simply a language used to display
things. Browsers take HTML and turn it into an array of images and
text. JavaScript can be used for other purposes such as making
connections to outside servers and because of its additional
abilities, the risk for vulnerabilities being discovered or existing
Ringo Kamens

On 2/27/07, James Muir <jamuir@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Bryan Fordham wrote: > > > I have yet to see an example of pure JavaScript code that can read an > end-user's IP address. Any code I've seen returns either > "localhost" or > " <>". > > > > That's kind of the conclusion I've reached, though I'm far from an expert. > > So, if it can't read the IP, why is it a security risk? Because of cookies?

The risk is that you become more trackable.  The more information you
make available about your browser, plugins and OS, the easier it is for
web servers to create a profile on you (i.e. a record of your previous
actions).  If you have cookies enabled and never delete them, then it is
really easy to profile you!  Perhaps during one visit to a web server
you accidentally submit your name in a web form.  In that case, your
identity can be linked to that profile (i.e. you can be held accountable
for all your previous actions).

I wrote a blog last year which explained some of this (although,
re-reading it now, I see that a few of the details I wrote about Tor
were incorrect):