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laptop serial number through internet


I was wondering if a laptop's serial number can leak on internet. Dont really know how to explain better the question i.e if through "sniffing" a certain ip by a certain method one can find out what is the serial number.

Thanks for any pointers

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Sure if you allow a program to do so

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Example: If I connect to Dell website and let them "detect" the laptop's service tag, I will need to allow the software to be installed.

I can imagine the same is possible if the program a user will install is programmed to detect a tag or serial #.

Even software's product key can be detected by other programs that a user allows to scan and detact.

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And of course ...

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any malware (virus, spyware) that happens to install itself without your content can do the same if the "phoning home" isn't intercepted by your firewall or you allow it to connect when your firewall ask for it. If it's a BHO (browser helper object) it simply uses the permission for the browser, I think (but I'm not sure of that).


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Thanks for the input.

So basically what you are saying is that it would have to be an intrusive way, allowed or not? i.e serial number does not leak like browser version, os, etc...

Cause actually i had something in mind that would prevent both users from agreeing in allowing... we know that "almost everything" can be found when one visits a webpage OS, browser, etc, etc. For example, if a laptop is stolen, was wondering if it is possible to write some kind of a crawler bot, letting him loose on the web, "sniffing" IP's in some manner, eg. random walks.. (?), retrieving the serial number and comparing with a certain one. When and if the correct one is found it would report back the IP (of course this would not be very efficient, but sometimes one is lucky, if one manages to narrow down possibilities). But was thinking about this not in a malware, spyware way...

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Some manufacturers have similar tool or service

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thru GPS tracking

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