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Re: [Lynx-dev] Host Header Information

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Host Header Information
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 20:36:42 +0100
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Thomas Dickey wrote:
On Tue, 28 Apr 2009, Graham R. Shutt wrote:

(a short-term fix might be to force lynx to use "L_y_n_x" as the user-agent, until the next cut/paste artist adds that to mod_security)

Are you sure the problem isn't libwww? I have a feeling that some email address seeking web crawlers are based on libwww as well. People may be using the false logic that anything used by spammers is only used by them. (Lynx's crawl mode may also be being used by spammers).

The other reason Lynx might be considered a security risk is that people use it to violate terms of use by using for scripted accesses to web sites, and, as a crawler, it doesn't honour the robots protocol (or didn't).

David Woolley
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