I just setup a new Ubuntu server with a LAMP stack. I'm using it only for some React.JS development, and has no domain name associated to it. I'm finding that my error log is riddled with this error:
[Mon Apr 18 15:59:18.045904 2016] [:error] [pid 24059] [client 22.214.171.124:50084] script '/home/pinetar/public_html/xmlrpc.php' not found or unable to stat
I understand the error that the file doesn't exist, and from what I can tell its probably just bots looking for an exploit. My concern is the error log getting out of hand and wasting server resources.
Is there a way to block requests for this file or is there a downside to doing so? My server isn't very powerful (512MB) since it's just for development and testing..