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Technocrat: Bruce Perens Admits to Spoofing Netcraft

Apr 06, 2007, 23:15 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"Yes, I did it. For a year, I operated and all of its parked sites on Lighttpd, and spoofed the server-name header to Apache in order to give Apache the credit in the Netcraft report. At that time, Lighttpd would have been scored by Netcraft as 'other,' which wasn't useful. The server-name header also contained the phrase '; Hello Netcraft!', pointing out what I'd done. Lighttpd and Apache are both Open Source web servers.

"Netcraft finally noticed a year later, when they implemented web server detection that relied on fine details of the headers, including their order and contents, rather than the server-name string..."

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