ISC Feature of the Week: Tools->Information Gathering

Published: 2012-05-17
Last Updated: 2012-05-17 20:39:55 UTC
by Adam Swanger (Version: 1)
4 comment(s)


One of the sections on the ISC Tools page is Information Gathering at This collection will help you easily find out how your browser and plugins look to the outside and lists some other information lookup tools.


Browser Headers -
How a server sees your browser.

Browser Plugin Detector -
This page attempts to detect various browser plugins. The detection code used was created using PluginDetect.

  • Lists plugins detected and various version information for each.

Site Availability Check -
Checks if hostname is reachable.

  • Single input box.
  • Displays failure if unreachable.
  • If reachable, outputs:
    • Page load time
    • Page size in bytes
    • Return status code (ie. 200 success)
    • Final URL

Site DNS Check -
Hostname to IP DNS resolver.

  • Single input box.
  • Output IP if system is able to resolve.

Whereis[IP] -

  • Multi-line input box. Enter one(1) IP per line.
  • Output table contains:
    • IP ADDRESS queried
    • ASN of IP
    • NETWORK assignment
    • COUNTRY abbreviation
    • ISP name
    • RIR - Name of registry

Content Security Policy Test -
Created for Firefox 4 but features may be found in other browsers.

  • Lots of details and information on the test outlined and explained on the page


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Adam Swanger, Web Developer (GWEB, GWAPT)
Internet Storm Center


Keywords: ISC feature
4 comment(s)


Not sure if the plugin needs an update or the configuration needs tweaking, but the browser plugin detector is showing some rather old versions as the latest. For example, it says that the current version of Adobe PDF Reader is 9.4.2.
@Pete Thanks for pointing that out! Latest versions updated and I set a reminder to keep up with them.
A similar remark w.r.t. Flash. Currently specifies 11.2 as the latest and as the vulnerable version.

According to currently the latest version is It is important to mention the entire set of numbers, as at the beginning of this month the latest version was (see

Furthermore you are mixing 10.x.x.x and 11.x.x.x version numbers. According to a version exists (which can be downloaded from; it replaces Note: was released on 2010-09-20 and many later versions were found vulnerable!

Instead of trying to stay up-to-date with the frequent Adobe patches, you could point to the Adobe pages that provide the latest version info.

Note that the following links usually provide you with the latest versions for Windows ("ax" = ActiveX):
Thanks for the feedback on the plugin detector! We decided keeping up with versioning is going to be way time consuming so we trimmed the data down to the output from the detector and links out for info and latest version download page.

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