MSIE 8 and basehref

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Has anyone heard of MSIE 8 (or MSIE 6 for that matter) having problems with a basehref element in a webpage ?
I'm getting a lot of 404 errors where it appears that whatever is browsing the site is completely ignoring the basehref element in my pages and trying to download certain elements from the current directory.

It doesn't happen with all users who send an MSIE 8 user-agent though, and whatever is making the requests is accessing multiple pages without these essential elements. I'm wondering if it's just a spoofed user-agent and a bot that tries to look real with a bug. I want to make sure there's no sort of extension or setting that could be causing this before I start blocking anything that shows this behavior though.
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joebert wrote:
Has anyone heard of MSIE 8 (or MSIE 6 for that matter) having problems with a basehref element in a webpage ?
I'm getting a lot of 404 errors where it appears that whatever is browsing the site is completely ignoring the basehref element in my pages and trying to download certain elements from the current directory.

It doesn't happen with all users who send an MSIE 8 user-agent though, and whatever is making the requests is accessing multiple pages without these essential elements. I'm wondering if it's just a spoofed user-agent and a bot that tries to look real with a bug. I want to make sure there's no sort of extension or setting that could be causing this before I start blocking anything that shows this behavior though.


I have noted that in my web apache logs, some users who look using MSIE 8, ask for strange directories or files, like these:

GET /templates/%3Cdiv%20id= HTTP/1.1 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; InfoPath.2)


GET /templatesan%3E%20%20%20%20%3Cdiv%20id= HTTP/1.1 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; GTB6.3; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; InfoPath.1; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729)


GET /cfont','dec');%20return%20false; HTTP/1.1 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; GTB6; Avant Browser; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.648; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; AskTB5.6)



GET /comont','dec');%20return%20false; HTTP/1.1 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; GTB6; Avant Browser; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.648; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; AskTB5.6)


These strange request, happens only with MSIE 8.0 and exactly after 3 seconds from the page reguest.
probably these are bots.

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