Many times when I look at the application.log file, I'll see
a series of "file not found" errors for the same non-existent
pages: feature.cfm, search.cfm, schedule.cfm, video.cfm,
newsletter.cfm, archive.cfm, directions.cfm and mail.cfm.
I assume these are from a hacker trying to find a point of
entry into our system. Does anyone know more about these kinds of
attempts? To keep my log file from getting cluttered with these
entries. I was thinking of creating files by those names that just
returned a blank screen or else redirected to my home page. Would
there be any risk to that strategy?
I would advise against that. 404s are legitimate status codes
and are there to show that the page does not exist.. If your web
server has been configures correctly then they wont put any
additional load on ColdFusion.
You should only redirect to another page instead of a 404 if
ther URL has changed and you are redirecting to the new