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Intriguing Log Entries

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 27, 2013 in Internet |

I was caught quite by surprise when I found continuous entries on my logs which read:

http://viktoriamichaelis.com/apple-touch-icon.png

 

http://viktoriamichaelis.com/apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png

 

http://viktoriamichaelis.com/apple-touch-icon-76x76.png

and come from a wide range of different countries and IPs. Were a whole load of people trying to find one or another image on my blog and getting redirected straight to a 404 page? I someone trying to download images which don’t exist?

The thought arose because I’ve also been seeing things like this:

http://viktoriamichaelis.com/wp-content/themes/wumblr/themify/js/jquery.js

which is a clear example of someone trying to gain access to my theme files, even though the theme name they are using – and there have been several – isn’t mine at all. In fact, had they bothered to check the Footer, they’d know what the name of my theme is, but still not be able to access it.

Anyway, back to the initial thought. Which image are people trying to access, and why?

Research is better than just furrowing your brow and trying to come up with any form of explanation that might pass, so I did my favorite activity, and searched the Internet for information. Some people like to just move on, none-the-wiser, I like to know.

It turns out that it is a system built-in to certain Apple mobile devices which tries to find a favcon when someone accesses your site, by searching through the
Head section of the site’s code. The search follows a particular form and, being Apple, they search for Apple defined icons first – or perhaps even exclusively.

My log shows all of these searches are redirected to a 404 page, which could have meant that the person surfing my site doesn’t get any of the posts at all. No, I am reliably informed, this is not so: the 404 is hit in the background and the viewer doesn’t get to see it at all, just the machine being used and my log.

Life, and the Internet, could be so much easier, if only….

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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