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Anyone else seeing large numbers of hits to ".static.ess.apple.com/connecticity.txt"?

This isn't really an Aruba question, I'm just hoping for some thoughts from the knowledgable people who hang out here :)

 

We're a small 5-12 school, and have found this domain at the top of our "Most visited" domains reports for the last couple of weeks. As far as I can tell, it is only used by idevices checking Internet access by fetching "connectivity.txt". Google is not being helpful.

 

The bandwidth usage involved is low, but the numbers of connections can sometimes overwhlem our webfilter. We've identified a couple of devices that seem to be the main culprits, but there are still a huge amount of hits to this URL.

 

Thanks for any insight anyone might have.

 

Tim

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Re: Anyone else seeing large numbers of hits to ".static.ess.apple.com/connecticity.txt"?

It is a URL that the captive portal network assistant (CNA) uses to check connectivity https://twitter.com/troyhunt/status/538955639116951552

 

 



Colin Joseph
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Occasional Contributor I
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Re: Anyone else seeing large numbers of hits to ".static.ess.apple.com/connecticity.txt"?

Thank you for the detail - I knew it was some type of connectivity test.

 

But my real question is why would I see tens of thousands of connections in a day to this URL from one machine, or several tens of thousands from a half dozen. Just seems extreme, and is causing some problems on our network.

 

tim

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Re: Anyone else seeing large numbers of hits to ".static.ess.apple.com/connecticity.txt"?

I want to say that only apple can answer that conclusively. If you have a captive portal network, there are hundreds of devices that could connect to it and perform this test automatically based on the size of your network and how many devices can see it n passing.


Colin Joseph
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Occasional Contributor I
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Re: Anyone else seeing large numbers of hits to ".static.ess.apple.com/connecticity.txt"?

understood. I was hoping for some data from non-Apple sources, especially other admins. Again, to be clear, I'm taking about a couple of individual ip addresses sourcing tens of thousands of requests in short amounts of time, not lots of devices hitting the URL. Definitely anomalous behavior for us, showing up in the past couple of weeks.

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