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 Post subject: Rule 397989 Fake or not fake MSIE 6.0 detected?
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:53 am 
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According to my logs, rule 397989 is being triggered almost constantly by some IP or other. Certainly it is being triggered more than any other rule.

In the GUI event viewer, it says " WAF Rules: MSIE 6.0 detected (Disable if you want to allow MSIE 6)"

The word "Fake" is not mentioned here. So at first glance it appears as through the rule is blocking anybody with MSIE6, which I do not necessarily want to do.

It is only when you click on "More info" for the rule that you end up in the Wiki where it says:

Alert Message WAF Rules: Fake MSIE 6.0 detected"

This rule detects when I [sic] client pretends to be using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0. Many malicious bots and attackers will try to disguise their requests as legitimate users, and this rules detects when the request has been faked. This types of requests should be blocked.

So I just want to confirm that when rule 397989 triggers, we are 100% definitely talking about a fake user agent, and therefore a bot or crawler that I don't want anywhere near my systems?

If so, please can the words that appear in the event viewer be adjusted to make this clear? (also please change the "I" in the wiki to "a")

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