So then I start messing around with it, and I narrow it down to one of the things that’s more legacy than anything, the now fixed, MS mhtml bug. Uh oh. Yup, the mhtml bug appears to crash mobile Opera instantly. So back to keeping JS turned off, I guess (I haven’t tested if there is another way to cause the crash using a redirection or an iframe, but it takes a long time to test, so I’ll leave that to another day).
Then I start messing with the other options, like the “Identify as” function. With it turned to “handheld device” the user agent reads, “MOT-Q9/01.04.35R Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; Smartphone; 320×240) Opera 8.65 UP.Link/184.108.40.206.0″. Eesh! It gives my actual device type! So then I turn the setting to “desktop computer” it turns to “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1) Opera 8.65 [en] UP.Link/220.127.116.11.0″. Okay, fair enough, that appears to be the more secure setting as at least it doesn’t say the revision and model number of the phone.
That is, of course, until you look at the rest of the headers:
HTTP_ACCEPT = application/xhtml+xml, application/vnd.wap.xhtml+xml, text/html, text/vnd.wap.wml, application/vnd.wap.wmlc, */*,text/x-hdml,image/mng,image/x-mng,video/mng,video/x-mng,image/bmp,text/html
HTTP_ACCEPT_CHARSET = iso-8859-1, utf-8, utf-16, *;q=0.1,*
HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING = deflate, gzip
HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE = en
HTTP_CACHE_CONTROL = no-cache
HTTP_USER_AGENT = Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1) Opera 8.65 [en] UP.Link/18.104.22.168.0
HTTP_VIA = 1.1 alnmagr1fe09WAP2-mbl
HTTP_X_UP_DEVCAP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE = en
HTTP_X_UP_DEVCAP_CHARSET = utf-8,ISO-8859-1,US-ASCII,UTF-16,GB2312,BIG5
HTTP_X_UP_DEVCAP_ISCOLOR = 1
HTTP_X_UP_DEVCAP_NUMSOFTKEYS = 2
HTTP_X_UP_DEVCAP_SCREENDEPTH = 16
HTTP_X_UP_DEVCAP_SCREENPIXELS = 320,240
HTTP_X_UP_DEVCAP_SMARTDIALING = 1
HTTP_X_UP_SUBNO = ppu_105cb54061e_vmag.mycingular.net
HTTP_X_WAP_PROFILE = “http://uaprof.motorola.com/phoneconfig/q-umts/Profile/mot-q9.rdf
Okay, so now we know my provider how big my screen is, that it’s a mobile device of course (the reference to wap), but more importantly we get the actual profile of the phone in the RDF file with all the settings, so you know exactly what may or may not work against the phone! Geez! Talk about giving up too much info! I hardly consider myself a cell phone hacker (for that you’ll need to talk with the Flexilis guys) but in 5 minutes I found all that - that’s not a good start. Whelp, so much for surfing from my phone!