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Thousands of requests for non-existent page



12:55 am on May 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Over the last year I have found these requests in my log files and I can't work out why. - - [01/May/2009:20:14:03 -0500] "GET /webcams/935.html HTTP/1.1" 404 292 "http://www.domain.com" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)" - - [01/May/2009:21:26:21 -0500] "GET /webcams/935.html HTTP/1.1" 404 292 "http://www.domain.com" "\xef\xbb\xbfMozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv: Gecko/20070725 Firefox/"

This page does not exist and the ip address and domain name is always different. When I visit the domain name I can't see a link to my page.


3:09 pm on May 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

In most cases that I've encountered something similar, I have attributed it to either:
  • Referrer spam - www.domain.com is hitting your site in the hopes that the webmaster is reviewing incoming links. This is more likely the case if you have a non-404 response where the referrer may be published somewhere.
  • Vulnerability scans - Every day I encounter a huge number of scans over my site seeking out applications with known vulnerabilities. Due to the automated nature, most will result in 404 (particularly if you use a little "security through obscurity" and avoid common install directories). Generally, a search for the 404 page name (eg. /webcams/935.html) would reveal other public installs of this app, but it doesn't appear to be the case here.
  • Bad linking - Somewhere this deep link was posted incorrectly. Perhaps you could try using Google's "link:" to see if you can locate an instance of this link.

    With the details you've provided (the fact that it's a 404 and the fact that the /webcams/935.html isn't a commonly known public app link), I'm less convinced that these are the likely reasons.


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