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BPS - plugin HEAD Request Method filter problem detected (2 posts)

  1. Phil
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hello, my BLC version is v1.8.3

    I am using the BPS plugin
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/bulletproof-security/

    On upgrading to the latest version 49.1 ....
    I get an error message from BPS

    "Broken Link Checker plugin HEAD Request Method filter problem detected"

    and an advisory to do this
    http://forum.ait-pro.com/forums/topic/broken-link-checker-plugin-403-error/

    # REQUEST METHODS FILTERED
    # This filter is for blocking junk bots and spam bots from making a HEAD request, but may also block some
    # HEAD request from bots that you want to allow in certains cases. This is not a security filter and is just
    # a nuisance filter. This filter will not block any important bots like the google bot. If you want to allow
    # all bots to make a HEAD request then remove HEAD from the Request Method filter.
    # The TRACE, DELETE, TRACK and DEBUG request methods should never be allowed against your website.
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} ^(TRACE|DELETE|TRACK|DEBUG) [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ - [F,L]

    ==================

    1) have you seen this before, any impact for BLC ? Will it still work ?
    2) what do you think of the advisory - make the change ?

    many thanks
    Phil

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/broken-link-checker/

  2. AITpro
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    BLC has a fallback if HEAD Requests are blocked so this is more a nuisance factor issue and does not affect BLC either way.

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