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Web servers use the application/octet-stream content type for any unknown content type. Because this can include any kind of document, when you (the administrator) allow this kind of content, this can provide an open door to the browser computer for all kinds of software anomalies.
Additionally, this content type is included in the Application content group that is preconfigured in Internet Security and Acceleration Server.
Therefore, you may decide that denying either this content type or the Application content group is a good method to protect your intranet against viruses or Trojan horses.
However, if you choose to deny this content type, many Web pages can no longer be displayed on browsers within your network. The reasons for this include, but are not limited to, the following: