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Tracking cookies at bleepingcomputer?


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#1 joe53

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 09:38 PM

Hi:

After running my weekly scans, a-squared (but not AdAware SE, nor Spybot) detected 2 new tracking cookies:
c:\WINDOWS\Cookies\default@bleepingcomputer[1].txt
c:\WINDOWS\Cookies\default@bleepingcomputer[2].txt

After deleting them, I discover I have to log in to bleepingcomputer when browsing with IE6, so I presume they were related to log-in. Interestingly, my log-in cookie using Firefox 1.0.3 remains intact, and I didn't have to log in again. And I did change my default browser back to IE6 2 days ago, because of the recent vulnerabilities reported.

So, (as the English Bobbies say) "Wot's going on 'ere then?" I have used a-squared for a long time, and it has never reported a tracking cookie before, nor any false positives that I am aware of. And why only the IE6 cookies?

I'm not overly concerned- merely curious.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 11:13 PM

Strange...when you log into the site and specify for it to remember your password, it adds a cookie with that information. Those cookies are saved in that directory. Firefox saves its cookies in another directory.

Not really sure why its detecting it as a tracking cookie as we dont use em here

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:25 PM

Not really sure why its detecting it as a tracking cookie as we dont use em here

Thanks Grinler- you assurances are enough for me. (Your privacy policy
was a bit vague on this.)

I'll write this off as a FP in a-squared.

As to why it didn't detect the same log-in cookies in Firefox, I note that FF
saves all its cookies in a different format than does IE- not as individual
.txt files, but as a combined "cookie.txt" file containing all cookie info.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 08:20 PM

Yeah its strange. I would prob chalk it up to a FP

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Posted 28 May 2005 - 09:32 AM

I could not find this reported on the a-squared Support Forum, so I did:
http://forum.emsisoft.com/viewtopic.php?t=3125

aČ Free Version 1.6 with the following updates:5/18/2005 2:48 PM (Number of Signatures: 126214)
Note: Second version of 5/18/2005 updates (after correction of Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Delf.cg f/p)
I believe that the following is a false positive:FilenameC:\Documents and Settings\***\Cookies\***@bleepingcomputer[1].txt
DiagnosisTrace.TrackingCookie
[/list]Cookie content:Cookie is only available to:bleepingcomputer.com/
Data name:member_id
Data value:##### (5 digit number)
[/list]



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Posted 28 May 2005 - 11:53 AM

Thanks ... lets see what they say. Curious myself what is triggering that.

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 12:15 PM

The problem with aČ (a-squared) recognizing the "bleepingcomputer.com" cookie as a "Trace.TrackingCookie" appears to have been fixed with the following update: 7/19/2005

Downloading Engine kernel...
Fixed a bug in cookie handling.

Downloading Cumulative signature update ...
159637 signatures in total.


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Posted 20 July 2005 - 12:37 PM

Thats great to know. Thanks for sharing it with us. Something tells me it was not just for my site but an issue in the cookie handler all together




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