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Vivaldi Gets Built-in WebRTC IP Leak Protection

July 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and iamges by Softpedia

Buried in a snapshot version of the Vivaldi browser released today, there's a crucial security feature that none of the major Web browsers has, and that is native support for preventing WebRTC leaks that could expose a user's IP address, even from behind proxies or VPNs.

WebRTC stands for Web Real-Time Communication, a protocol developed to help developers create applications such as chats, video conferencing software, file sharing, and more, but without the usage of special plugins such as Flash or Java.

WebRTC is a standardized protocol, embedded in all major browsers since 2011 and afterward.

WebRTC is vulnerable to IP leak attacks

Not long after browsers like Chrome (v23) and Firefox (v22) spent countless man hours on integrating the technology in their core, security researchers discovered a disturbing design vulnerability that could enable website owners to obtain a user's real IP address when accessing a site from behind a proxy or VPN.

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