Website Technology Changes in January 2014

As in the last four months I'm looking into changes visible at the frontend pages of the biggest websites. The last month saw a lot of version upgrades and hiding server versions.

The detailed results can be found here:

What Changed?

DNS-Prefetching The HTML header based DNS prefetching is expanding once more and for the first time used on adult site:
IPv6 An AAAA record was sigthed for the first time for
Version Upgrades
  • upgrades from Gentoo PHP 5.4.13 to 5.5.7
  • upgraded nginx 1.4.1 to 1.4.4
  • switched OS and upgraded Apache 2.2.13 (Win32) to 2.2.15 (Red Hat)
  • upgraded PHP 5.3.27 to 5.3.28
  • upgraded Gentoo nginx 1.5.1 to bleeding edge 1.5.10 same for PHP 5.5.5 to 5.5.9
  • upgraded Apache 2.2.16 to 2.2.22
  • upgraded Apache 2.4.2 to 2.4.7
  • upgraded nginx 1.4.1 to 1.4.4 and PHP 5.3.15 to 5.3.21
Hiding Server Version Additional sites are now hiding the webserver version

Note: the website links lead to a history page for the different sites were you can see the change details.


All the results listed above are based on a simple scanning script. The results present a snapshot of the websites and a single response only. This is of course not necessarily an indicating for what techniques the site uses in daily operations!


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