Various KDE applications share a plugin system to create thumbnails
of various file types for displaying in file managers, file dialogs, etc.
kio-extras contains a thumbnailer plugin for HTML files.
The HTML thumbnailer was incorrectly accessing some content of
remote URLs listed in HTML files. This meant that the owners of the servers
referred in HTML files in your system could have seen in their access logs
your IP address every time the thumbnailer tried to create the thumbnail.
The HTML thumbnailer has been removed in upcoming KDE Applications 18.12.0
because it was actually not creating thumbnails for files at all.
Created kio-extras tracking bugs for this issue:
Affects: fedora-all [bug 1649421]