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Internet Explorer 8 RSS bug shows its head again - will webmasters notice?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Mar-2009 13:44

If you are a webmaster and see an increase in traffic, check your logs - look for the user-agent "Windows-RSS-Platform/2.0 (MSIE 8.0"...

During the beta period I logged a fault that existed only when people using the Windows RSS platform on Internet Explorer 7 upgraded to the Internet Explorer 8 beta code. Basically Internet Explorer 8 goes crazy and instead of checking RSS feeds once every hour (or the time you set), does it hundreds of times per minute.

During tests I found some browsers checking some Geekzone RSS feeds about 20,000 thousand times in a period of a few hours.

I wasn't happy, and logged a fault. Microsoft's response was "Closed - can't reproduce".

Guess what? Now Internet Explorer 8 is out and I've just noticed this happening again:



I've just blocked this IP address but there are others. So my only option at the moment is to simply filter all requests from this user-agent.

If you are a webmaster, check your logs and see if you can catch this on your server too. Please let me know.






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