I have a simple Wordpress site. Unknown query string is appended to few requests by Bing and Google bots daily. In site's Apache access log, there are few entries every day like below: - - [07/Jul/2020:09:09:37 +0530] "GET /page/396/?m=member&c=index&a=register&siteid=1 HTTP/1.1" 200 27901 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm)" - - [07/Jul/2020:09:16:15 +0530] "GET /page/371/?m=member&c=index&a=register&siteid=1 HTTP/1.1" 200 27693 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/80.0.3987.92 Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)"

My site's blog listing actual page URL is /blog/page/PAGE_NUMBER/. I am new to WordPress and Apache. Why or what are those query strings being appended automatically? Not sure whether it is a remote code execution attack sort of thing? SEO could get affected due to this i suspect. Can anyone please assist me on how to proceed with this issue.

WordPress version is 5.4.2. Apache version is 2.4 PHP version is 7.3

  • I posted the question as a guest user as i am new here. Could not reply to your comment directly as it's only allowed for users with 50 reps, so replying here. Actually my site blogs are located in MYSITE_DOMAIN/blog/ distributed across hundreds of pages with 9 posts per page. So url is like MYSITE_DOMAIN/blog/page/2/ (3,4,5....),etc. But bots are crawling this URL MYSITE_DOMAIN/page/2/ (3,4,5....),etc with new query strings attached to it like m=member&c=index&a=register&siteid=1. Since actual url and crawled url are different, it may cause duplicate content issue in SEO. **But my concern – User234334 Jul 7 '20 at 9:08

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