Website Technology Changes in March 2014

As in the last months let's look into changes visible at the frontend pages of the biggest websites. This time I compared the changes between February to April.

These last two months saw the usual lot of version upgrades, along with some probably unintended un-hiding of server versions, several sites going to CloudFlare as well as a premiere with IPv6 being available on the first adult movie site.

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 sighted for the first time for That makes IPv6 available for the first time on a major adult site!
CDN Changes
Version Upgrades
  • upgrades from PHP 5.3.2-1ubuntu4.15 to recent 4.23
  • upgrades from PHP 5.4.21 to 5.5.8
  • upgrades from PHP 5.3.3-7+squeeze18 to 19
  • upgrades from PHP 4.4.6 to 5.4.16
  • upgrades from PHP 5.3.3-7+squeeze9 to 19
  • upgrades from PHP 5.3.19-1ubuntu3.9+wmf1 to 3.10+wmf1
  • upgrades from PHP 5.3.21 to 5.3.26
  • upgrades from nginx 1.4.4 to 1.4.7
  • upgrades from nginx 1.4.4 to 1.4.7
  • upgrades from squid 3.1.18 to 3.2.1
Hiding Server Version Against the trend in the last month this month three sites have unhidden the previously hidden server details:
  • normally not showing any server version displayed "PHP/5.4.4-14+deb7u7" in February.
  • previously not indicating the Apache version now shows CentOS Apache 2.2.15
  • previously hiding the server version in April indicated "Servlet 2.4; JBoss-4.3.0.GA_CP06 (build"

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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