403 is a HTTP status code that tells the user/application that they do not have permission to access the requested document/webpage.

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403 error on index file

When I try to access index.py in my server root through http://domain/, I get a 403 Forbidden error, but when I can access it through http://domain/index.py. In my server logs it says "Options ExecCGI ...
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When to reply 400 Bad Request

According to www.w3.org, a Web server should reply with status code 400 Bad Request if: "The request could not be understood by the server due to malformed syntax. The client SHOULD NOT repeat ...
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How to set up a 403 forbidden

I've recently set up my first commercial website for someone, with godaddy hosting. I want to set up a 403 forbidden on several directories (and their contents) that are referenced to through php ...
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Can a 403 error ever be client side?

I've got a well-established web application. It's working for lots of people with a variety of browsers and platforms. But, there's this one guy... He's getting a "403 Forbidden" on his side, I've ...
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Looking for explanation of Apache behavior on manipulating headers

Tried to get an answer at ServerFault - they don't know, all real gurus are sitting here. The background of the issue: Googlebot creates non-existing URLs and tries to crawl them. On some URLs Apache ...
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Fetch as Google error 403

2 weeks ago, Google started being unable access my website anymore. In Webmaster Tools I can't fetch any pages, always getting error 403, and the website has been completely dropped from Google search ...
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What does Google do with indexed pages returning 403?

I guess that Google removes already indexed pages that are now returning the HTTP error 403. Unfortunately I can't find any definitive statement on that matter. Do you know the answer?
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Forbidden 403 for js file on localhost?

apologies if this isn't the right place to post this. I posted it on Stack Overflow and a user suggested I put it here. Anyway, I've looked all over google and the site and none of the solutions I've ...
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prevent hotlinking of off-site content?

I have a www.example.com site where I serve all static content (e.g. http.//www.example.com/image.jpg) off a CDN with URLs like http://static.example.com/image.jpg An Apache 2 .htaccess rule ...
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Can´t verify my site on Google (error 403 Forbidden). I have other sites in the same host with no problems whatsoever

I can´t verify my site on Google. I´ve done this several times for several sites, all inside the same host. I´ve tried the HTML tag method, HTML upload, Domain Name provider (I canp´t find the ...
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Using .htaccess deny returning 302 and not 403 forbidden

I'm in the process of adding yet another layer of security to some of my WordPress installs, since some of my customers sites use shared hosting, and generally they do not ban users for brute force ...
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Find origin of the 403 error (not my server)

We are running an Apache server that provides files to several users. Some users are getting the 403 error when trying to access any download url on our Apache. I don't see those 403 errors in our ...
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403 when query string parameter contains an encoded URL

I'm using shared hosting with minimal access to any configuration settings. I've created a more or less empty HTML file, emptypage.html, with the following contents: <!DOCTYPE html> ...
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Forbidden 403 error on Google AdSense requests

I have created a new website and have set some ads. For some unknown reason, FireBug tells me that I get 403 errors on Google Adsense requests. I have checked my AdSense account and it does not block ...
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403s appearing in WMT but when I FETCH GOOGLE returning same URLs as 200

HI there over the last few days Google Webmaster Tools has been showing me 403 errors for a series of URLS. However when i FETCH them they come up as 200 OK and when I look in Google using keywords ...
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How can I use .htaccess to respond with 403 forbidden status for URLs that contain a query string?

Some bots have been crawling my site for every link that ends with: ?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter I haven't checked out its IP. Then other bots (10+) follow the link rules ...
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Access denied to visit a site without www

Why can I visit my own site: http://www.example.com but not http://example.com, which gives me HTTP Error 403 (Forbidden): The server refused to fulfill the request How do it fix it? I wrote ...
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How can IIS 7.5 have the error pages for a site reset to the default configuration?

A mishap occurred with web.config to accommodate a subsite existing. I made use of “<location path="." inheritInChildApplications="false">”. Essentially it was a workaround put in place for ...
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403 or 503 for the page needed to be reviewed by administrator before published?

There are some user generated pages on my site. And those pages must be reviewed by the site administrator before published after once they are updated by the users. So the workflow is basically just ...
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AJAX file 403's

Google webmaster tools shows a couple of 403 crawl errors (URL errors, access denied) for folders holding AJAX files on the ColdFusion server: CFIDE/scripts/ajax/FCKeditor/ CFIDE/scripts/ajax Will ...
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Getting 403 Forbidden after changing webroot

I am running Ubuntu with Apache (LAMP stack). When I changed the webroot from /var/www to /media/data/www, I keep getting 403 Forbidden even after chmod-ing the directory + files to 777. What did I do ...
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Cakephp 3 installation on Ubuntu doesn't have permission to access index.php

I have installed Cakephp on my ubuntu webserver (well copied it in var/www/html) following this tutorial http://askubuntu.com/questions/628938/how-to-install-cakephp-in-ubuntu-14-04 I am also using ...
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Pages are returning a 403 response code and not getting indexed in Google

I am working on a website but not all of its pages are getting indexed in Google. Everything seems fine to me from the URL structure to the canonical tag. However, when I check the pages header ...
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Forbidden access when saving an edited question post using Question2answer script

I installed Question2answer on my paid server. After I published a post/question on my Question2answer site I tried to edit it, but when I was trying to save the post, it outputs an error that says: ...
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Googlebot received Access Denied when crawling a directory

I'm facing the same problem with Googlebot not able to crawl my page. Mine problem doesn't have anything to do with www or not. Google can crawl all my pages except one directory and this directory ...
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Access denied 403 errors after migrating my site

I've recently migrated my Joomla site from one shared hosting to another with Hostgator. GWT notified me about many 403 access denied pages. I've checked with Firebug too, and even though browser is ...
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Does setting default pages for sub directories improve seo?

I noticed 403 errors on sub directories of my site while looking over google webmaster tools. for example .com/reviews/ has a 403 error. I set the default pages for the sub directories (pointed to ...
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403 or 301 domain pointing to our domain? [duplicate]

We recently discovered that a large, publicly traded corporation purchased a domain that they have pointing to our domain. Both the corporation and the domain are completely unrelated to our type of ...
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Mysterious 403 errors on images with proper permissions [closed]

Recently I have been trying to install a forum on my website. At first I was having an issue with the forums alone but then I noticed it was occurring elsewhere on my website as well. When I have ...
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Would a 403 page, a blank page and a page redirect be indexed by search robots?

I am wondering if a disallow directive needs to be issued to robots on pages that will generate: a 403 forbidden error; a blank page, or; a page redirect (to log in page for example). Would not ...
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403 Error Fetching Image with JS

I've read all the 403-related questions here and elsewhere and I can't find an answer to this question: When I try to get a particular image on a remote domain via JavaScript I get a 403 error. But ...
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“Access denied” error in Google Webmaster tools

I have an access denied problem in my webmaster tools. It says 404 errors. How can I solve this? I have already fixed the errors, but they are not removed from Google Webmaster Tools.
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403 Forbidden Error?

I recently ran Xenu link checker on my site. I link to several Wikipedia pages and ever wiki page generates a 403 code. Here is an example of the message: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska ...
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Is it OK to give status 404 to unauthorized users?

In recent months I have come across several sites, which give a 404 status/error page, when there should be 403 or maybe 401. For example, I have a private repository on github.com with link: ...
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Rewrite rule for 403

I have an .htaccess file: In this file it redirects to index.php in case a file or directory is not found. My code is as below: <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} ...
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403 Forbidden on Images on my subdomains

I am pulling my hair out after multiple back and forths with 1and1 support both via email and telephone. I've setup multiple subdomains via the 1and1 control panel and that looks to work fine. The ...
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Is HTTP code 401 or 403 appropriate for when a logged in user is not allowed to view the data?

I am looking for a good way to return an error when an unauthenticated/unauthorised user is trying to get a restricted access content from my site. Currently I ask the user to login, check the ...
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WAMP VirtualHost 403

I recently installed WAMP, and started developing on its Apache server. Given that my text editor (Sublime) didn't have permissions to write on C disk directly, I changed my default DocumentRoot to My ...
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Apache 403 error despite group permission

I have a NAS running Linux with a Apache 2.2. I want the apache process (running as user nobody) to run as different group "users" to read some files. I tried the following without success: in its ...
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Can preventing directory listings in WordPress upload folders cause Google ranking drops when they cause 403 errors in Webmaster Tools?

I recently moved to a new host that blocks crawling to my uploads folders but (hopefully) allows the files in the folder to be crawled. I now show many 403 errors for each folder in the uploads ...
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What is the most time-effective way to monitor & manage threats from bots and/or humans?

I'm usually overwhelmed by the amount of tools that hosting companies provide to track & quantify traffic data and statistics. I'm equally overwhelmed by the countless flavors of malicious ...
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htaccess block access to directory but allow access to files

I need to block directory access but allow access to files if typed into a browser. Also would like this to load my custom 403.shtml
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Apache rewrite returns error 500

I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong with this .htaccess rewrite: Options -Indexes RewriteEngine on RewriteBase /test/site/ RewriteOptions MaxRedirects=10 RewriteCond ...
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Why would a url of example.com/n (where n is the same number repeated 500x) return a 403 error?

I'm trying to add new functionality to my site which involves passing a whole bunch of parameters (could be hundreds of parameters) all encoded in base64 format. When I attempt the new URL I get an ...
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Incomprehensible new 403 errors from Google

I recently received repeated notices from Google saying my site has an increase in 403 authorization permission errors. Looking at the chart I see that starting on July 22 the errors are indeed ...
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Access Forbidden! Apache Windows XP

This is a great tutorial on how to server websites other than in default htdocs folder in XAMPP. It worked for me the other day but then I had to reinstall XAMPP (1.7.7 was 1.7.6) and now I am getting ...
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Setting up a second domain to my web server

I have a domain name which points to my web server, and we added a secondary domain for short urls, which points to the same ip address, however with the new domain, it is giving "Forbidden You ...
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Website I control is only unavailable on company internet connection (403 error) - workaround? [closed]

a website I control is showing 403 errors only on company machines on their own network. It's throwing an Access forbidden! error Error 403 www.example.com Tue Oct 1 Apache mod_fcgid/2.3.7 ...
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Ruby on Rails - Passenger Nginx - 403 Forbidden

I've been searching for an answer for a long time now so I'll just try here... I'm trying to get an Ruby on Rails application running with passenger and nginx but I'm getting 403 forbidden when I'm ...
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403 when query string contains a dot (.) character [closed]

EDIT: did more research, asked new question I dug a bit deeper and realized that the contents of the page are indeed not relevant to this issue. As this question has gotten more and more confusing, ...