[Bug 18461] New: Package version should not be added to User-Agent

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           Summary: Package version should not be added to User-Agent
           Product: Ubuntu
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: i386
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: konqueror
        AssignedTo: jriddell at ubuntu.com
        ReportedBy: felix at tribut.de
         QAContact: kubuntu-bugs at lists.ubuntu.com

No matter which settings are used for the User-Agent-String in Konqueror, it will always look something like   
this: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.4) KHTML/3.4.2 (like Gecko) (Debian package 4:3.4.2-0ubuntu0hoary2)   
However, the appended "Debian package..."-String has no value for the user, but on the other hand is a serious  
privacy issue. Given the small numbers of persons using Konqueror for Browsing, many internet sites may be able  
to track a single user quite effectively using that very information. Regardless, there are many valid reasons 
not to let random web pages know what exact version of a program you are running. 
I therefore request to remove the exact package version from the user-agent-string or at least make it 
configurable (default should be "off", imho). 
Thank you very much for your consideration. 

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