New paper by Amit Klein (Trusteer): "Detecting virtualization over the web with IE9 (platform preview) and Semi-permanent computer fingerprinting and user tracking in IE9 (platform preview)" Dec 02 2010 07:25PM
Amit Klein (amit klein trusteer com)
Hi list

The IE9 (platform preview) Javascript Math.random implementation is vulnerable to seed reconstruction. The seed reveals the computer's boot time (and on Windows 7 - also CPU clock speed). These can be used to finger-print computers and track users within the same Windows session even if they close and open their IE9 (platform preview) browser multiple times.
Interestingly enough, this technique also provides some information regarding the client hardware (namely clock source and possibly CPU clock speed), and may be used to detect virtualized machines "over the web".
Additionally, the Math.random implementation is flawed in such way that it returns non-uniform values (this holds for IE9 beta as well).

For full details, please read:

Amit Klein, CTO, Trusteer

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