Digs down into the nasty details of your ad units

What is rabbithole?
rabbithole is a Chrome extension designed to simplify the identification and interpretation of ad-related elements in the DOM. It provides a streamlined process for analyzing ad units, identifying pixel trackers, and tracking ad chains. Using a CSS selector, rabbithole builds a simpler object model for easy analysis. Get rid of the tedious work and easily navigate the complex DOM structure with rabbithole.
Users: 94 ▼ -6
Rating: 5.00 (1)
Version: 1.0.1 (Last updated: 2017-05-02)
Creation date: 2017-05-02
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
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  • webNavigation
  • storage
Size: 54.51K
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As a publisher on the web today, you may have a love-hate relationship with ad networks. On one hand, those ad networks help to pay the bills. But on the other hand, their questionable coding abilities, poor security, and dubious business practices expose you to all sorts of problems.

Our team has spent countless hours dissecting the DOM to try to track down offending ads. This is tedious work, especially when an ad call gets bounced from network to network, creating an extremely complex DOM of nested IFRAMEs.

rabbithole is designed to streamline this process. Using a CSS selector provided by you, it identifies the top-level DOM elements for your ad units. It then recursively descends those elements, building a simpler object model for you to analyze.

  • simplifies the identification and interpretation of the ad-related portion of the DOM
  • "compresses" the tree by skipping past DOM elements that aren't really important and only tracking select properties
  • makes off-site objects easily identifiable
  • tries to identify pixel trackers
  • tries to identify the DOM elements that are most likely the ad creative itself
  • attempts to keep track of a "network path" so you can see the whole ad chain where ads are coming from; this is a work in progress
  • computes statistics like the number of scripts and iframes loaded beneath each node in the tree

In order for rabbithole to work with your site, you need to give it a CSS selector that will capture all the top-level DOM elements of your ad units (and is specific enough to not capture non-ad-unit elements).

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Risk impact

rabbithole is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install rabbithole if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

rabbithole has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

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