Does the comment "BETA CODE" do any good? There have been lots, and I
mean lots, of situations where people mucking about with attempts to do
this, that, or the other thing have generated lots of headachy packets
for perfectly innocent sites. How about some of these Web Whacker
programs which will suck down every single page and graphic off of your
site (not something that a site administrator would normally plan for),
or Real Audio when there's some web event, or iPhone, or faulty NNTP
servers, or PointCast when they decide to update their software.... you
get the idea.
I'm not defending Microsoft here, but did anyone bother to ask whether
or not the time-out was explained in the documentation, such that if
they had realized what they (the Israeli site) were trying to do they
could have found the answer in the documentation? The "feature" is
present in most caching web proxies, so its certainly not an
MS-designed problem. Of course the other thing is that all Microsoft
beta testers are told that the product should not be used in a
production environment until its release, but that's like telling
people to read the documentation!
Its obviously bad that your site, or any site, should have to suffer on
behalf of someone else's legitimate (albeit misconfigured) code, but
I've had a U.S. Navy SMTP server connected to mine for the last 68
hours, so what are you going to do?
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