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Re: Apache log - what is this?

On Mon, Dec 30, 2002 at 02:20:25PM -0500, Stephen Gran wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm seeing the following in my logs (fairly frequently):
> - - [30/Dec/2002:13:31:21 -0500] "CONNECT HTTP/1.0" 405 303 "-" "-"
> - - [30/Dec/2002:13:31:21 -0500] "POST HTTP/1.0" 405 300 "-" "-"
> (Sorry about the bad wrap)
> What I think this means is that somebody's trying to relay through my
> Apache-running server, but is getting 405'd (not available? denied? not
> sure), but I wanted to check, because I'm still fairly new to Apache.
> Is this the case, or am I accidentally running a relaying server? is trying to proxy through your server in order to use
IRC. Your server is rejecting the attempt. (405 means 'method not

A bit of digging shows some interesting information: resolves to stephenson.freenode.net, which resolves to the
same IP.

Some poking around http://freenode.net/ indicates it's an IRC network.
http://freenode.net/irc_servers.shtml lists a bunch of IRC servers, one
of which is calvino.freenode.net., the IP was trying to proxy through you to,
resolves to calvino.freenode.net which resolves back to the same IP.

http://freenode.net/policy.shtml indicates that they automatically check
machines that connect to their network to see if they're running open

You aren't, perchance, IRCing from the machine you're seeing these log
entries on? It might be an automated test to keep people from connecting
through open proxies.

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