PureBrowser incompatible with user-agent sniffing at www.giantitp.com
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Posting this at least for info purposes, with a slight hope that perhaps this can be fixed within PureBrowser.

Website: www.giantitp.com

  • behavior on PureBrowser in PureOS: I see the Apache 2 Test Page on CentOS
  • behavior in every other browser, in PureOS, or other OSes on the same machine (Firefox, Brave, Epiphany, emacs web browser, whether in PureOS or macOS): I see the actual website (which is about a comic and some role-playing games)

With help from the Matrix chat, we've tracked this down to the user agent.

When I changed it to, for example.
"Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; KIW-L21) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/75.0.3770.143 Mobile Safari/537.36"

I was able to see the site.

Even with eww, whose user agent is: "URL/Emacs Emacs/26.1 (X11; x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)", I'm able to view the site normally..

I know this is more a matter of the web host handling of user agent, however perhaps the PureBrowser user agent could be tweaked somewhat for better compatibility? Otherwise, at least the issue is out here and might be helpful to someone else experiencing a similar issue on other websites.

patrixl created this task.Aug 17 2019, 2:25 AM
jeremiah.foster changed the task status from "Open" to "Incomplete".Thu, Aug 22, 12:01 AM
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When I surf to the https://giantitp.com I get this message, which seems to point to some serious misconfiguration;

giantitp.com uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because it is self-signed.
The certificate is not valid for the name giantitp.com.
The certificate expired on April 26, 2014, 3:39 AM. The current time is August 21, 2019, 7:59 PM.


@jeremiah.foster It seems to me that the issue of using a self-signed certrificate is orthogonal to the issue reported here.

@patrixl Thanks for reporting!

jonas.smedegaard changed the title from "PureBrowser does not display one website, only default Apache page, other browsers are OK" to "PureBrowser incompatible with user-agent sniffing at www.giantitp.com".
jonas.smedegaard triaged this task as "Normal" priority.Sat, Aug 24, 8:39 AM

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