Apr 13, 2009

Microsoft's msnbot acts crazy

Today I saw a number of requests from various Microsoft Addresses with msnbot/20b as user agent.
This msnbot behaves wrong. It requests sites that neither existed, nor exist, nor will ever exist on this server. Here is an example (caught by mod_security2):
--f59dce4f-A--
[13/Apr/2009:20:10:48 +0300] y67Xt38AAAIAAG26Z64AAAAa 65.55.106.206 48082 213.21.217.206 80
--f59dce4f-B--
GET / HTTP/1.0
Accept: */*
Host: lionessk.livejournal.com
User-Agent: msnbot/2.0b
Connection: Keep-Alive
Cache-Control: no-cache
Requests come from from msnbot-a-b-c-d.search.msn.com hosts, which belongs to the Microsoft Corporation. There are several requests per hour for non–existing host names. For example:
  • 65.55.106.114 — lists.hosef.org
  • 65.55.106.181 — sunsyria.com
  • 65.55.106.124 — opensource.become.com
  • 65.55.106.196 — 404.capitan-trash.com
  • 65.55.106.182 — pa2.php.net
  • 65.55.106.188 — www.server318.com
  • 65.55.106.133 — www.bagenlaw.com
And so on. There are much more entries.
Has someone infected msnbot with something?

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