How can I spoof the user agent of a JavaScript GET request?

How can I spoof the user agent of a JavaScript GET request? setRequestHeader with User-Agent isn't allowed:

xmlHttpRequest.setRequestHeader("User-Agent", "...");

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You can't do this in a half-decent browser because of security issues surrounding it. You don't want XSS scripts to be changing request headers and running rampant on your site.

However I believe there's a workaround in IE if you use VBScript:

MyHttp.setRequestHeader "User-Agent", "MyCustomUser"

The alternative is to have a web page on your site dedicated to forwarding a GET request, changing the appropriate headers as necessary.

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In short: You can't due to built-in cross-domain limitations.

One way "around" that was to write a proxy-webservice and let the server spoof whatever headers you need spoofed.

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