Currently, the request ends with Forbidden error when having a querystring parameter value that looks like an SQL command (for instance if it contains ' and and):


Instead, this should be a valid url that should open the page. I think the issue should be fixed in the .htaccess file. Currently the .htaccess looks like this:

# BEGIN s2Member GZIP exclusions
<IfModule rewrite_module>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (^|\?|&)s2member_file_download\=.+ [OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (^|\?|&)no-gzip\=1
RewriteRule .* - [E=no-gzip:1]

# Force Trailing Slash
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} /+[^\.]+$
RewriteRule ^(.+[^/])$ %{REQUEST_URI}/ [R=301,L]

# Force Download Rule
<FilesMatch "\.(mp4|mp3|jpg|jpeg|pdf|png|tif|mobi|epub|azk)">
<If "%{QUERY_STRING} =~ /dl/">
ForceType application/octet-stream
Header set Content-disposition "attachment"

# END s2Member GZIP exclusions

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

Somewhere we should whitelist these special characters such as %27 and special SQL keywords (such as and). Adding this line before the first RewriteCond line, didn't make any change:

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (;|<|>|'|"|\)|%0A|%0D|%22|%27|%3C|%3E|%00).*(/\*|union|select|insert|drop|delete|update|cast|create|char|convert|alter|declare|order|script|set|md5|benchmark|encode) [NC,OR]

(that was taken from this page)

How to solve this issue?

  • Try using the b switch. Let me get you back with the documentation link. – Praveen Kumar Purushothaman Nov 16 '16 at 9:33
  • @PraveenKumar What do you mean? Where should I add the b? – Ionică Bizău Nov 16 '16 at 9:36
  • Please have a look at this: httpd.apache.org/docs/current/rewrite/flags.html#flag_b – Praveen Kumar Purushothaman Nov 16 '16 at 9:39
  • @PraveenKumar No, it's not because of that... The url is already encoded, but it failes with a 403 when using SQL keywords and simple quotes. I'm not sure where these are set actually... – Ionică Bizău Nov 16 '16 at 10:01
  • I can't not reproduce your issue. I guess that the "Forbidden error" is a 403 HTTP status code, right? You may need to contact with your hosting provider. – cybmeta Nov 17 '16 at 8:45

Looks like mod_security blocks your requests. To check it installed or not run <?php phpinfo(); ?> and check here: enter image description here

If so, you should contact your hosting provider or administrator.

  • I don't see any of these (I don't even see the apache2handler there). Also, cannot find on the page anything containing security or loaded modules. – Ionică Bizău Nov 20 '16 at 19:37
  • @IonicăBizău Could you confirm that you use apache? What version? And which SAPI for PHP ( php.net/manual/en/function.php-sapi-name.php ) do you use? – MaximOrlovsky Nov 20 '16 at 20:59
  • That's useful information. In this case, like you said, the hosting provider will take care of the issue. Thanks! – Ionică Bizău Nov 23 '16 at 12:39

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