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I was scanning my error log for today, and I found three rather odd entries that I do not understand. I hope someone can help me out with this.


[Wed Oct 20 08:48:46 2004][error] [client] File does not exist: /home/pudgy/public_html/root/mt.htm

[Wed Oct 20 09:43:24 2004] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/pudgy/public_html/soukatu/mt/commentary.htm

[Wed Oct 20 13:26:18 2004] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/pudgy/public_html/r89c01pb.htm


It looks to me that someone is trying to hack into my MT installation, but I don't really know for sure. Also, someone is looking for a very specific file called "r89c01pb.htm" which is so cryptic it must have been typed in by hand for someone looking for it.


Does this look like something I need to be concerned about? I have tried looking up all three IP addresses on GeoBytes to see if I can determine who this person(s) is, but the GeoBytes server can find no information about the IP addresses, not even locations.

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Here's what I found on those IP's.


NetRange: -


NetName:    INKTOMI-BLK-3

NetHandle:  NET-66-196-64-0-1

Parent:    NET-66-0-0-0-0

NetType:    Direct Allocation

NameServer: NS1.YAHOO.COM

NameServer: NS2.YAHOO.COM

NameServer: NS3.YAHOO.COM

NameServer: NS4.YAHOO.COM

NameServer: NS5.YAHOO.COM

Comment:    This netblock contains Web Crawlers. Please

Comment:    contact slurp@inktomi.com for questions or concerns.

RegDate:    2001-10-30

Updated:    2003-09-26


AbuseHandle: ZI107-ARIN

AbuseName:  Inktomi Corporation

AbusePhone:  +1-650-653-2800

AbuseEmail:  slurp@inktomi.com

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I have seen the mt one

I do not have mt,

so someone is looking around to see what they can get into?

That's what I was thinking (that someone was trying to see how they can get into my mt installation). It concerned me.


Bruce, where did you find that information? Curious that the IPs seem to originate from a division of Yahoo! (Inktomi). I think Inktomi is a search engine. Would a search engine deliberately try to find SPECIFIC files in a web server, or try to access an MT folder directly?

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If you take a look at that IP in Latest Visitors, you wll find that it is the Spider/crawler for Yahoo/Inktomi Slurp. Yahoo and Google have been looking for files regardless if the are on a server for a while now. I get hits from Yahoo looking for 'mySubscriptions.opml' which is part of Manila, yet I run WordPress.

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Well, I am glad to know that it isn't really something that I need to be concerned with. Thanks so much for the help and information!


Is the "Trout" program something you bought, or is it a freeware web app? It sounds like it could be useful in analyzing things like error logs and the like when you think someone may be up to some nefarious behavior or machination.

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