We need to have an IP protected Apache. So only a couple of IPs allowed for the whole server. Rest needs to be blocked. However, since all other IPs are blocked, even the custom error documents are blocked?! I've even chmoded these files to 777. My Directory code is below. Welcome any thoughts on how at least the 400.htm and 404.htm can be "allowed" for everyone so they can show up. Thanks.

<VirtualHost *:80>

    DocumentRoot /opt/public
    ServerName xyz.com

    <Directory /opt/public>

            AllowOverride ALL              
            Require all granted
            Options -Indexes

            Order Deny,Allow
            Deny from All
            Allow from
            Allow from

            ErrorDocument 403 /opt/public/400.htm
            ErrorDocument 404 /opt/public/404.htm

                <Files 400.htm>
                    Require all granted
                    Require not env blockAccess

                <Files ~ "404\.htm$">
                    Require all granted
                    Require not env blockAccess


  • Two things. Do not change file permissions. Second, you are blocking by IP before allowing. See if moving the IP block below the allow error pages help. Be sure to stop and restart Apache before testing.
    – closetnoc
    Mar 19, 2018 at 16:44
  • @closetnoc, good idea. But that didn't help. Anything else? Should I remove the Files blocks?
    – Khom Nazid
    Mar 19, 2018 at 17:25
  • You are mixing old style and new style permissions. You should not have Order and Deny mixed with Require. See: httpd.apache.org/docs/current/upgrading.html#access Mar 19, 2018 at 19:53
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    You are also requiring the environment variable blockedAccess to not be set to access those files. I'm not sure what would set that variable or why you include that requirement. Mar 19, 2018 at 19:57

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ErrorDocument 403 /down.html
<Limit GET POST>
order allow,deny
allow from
deny from all

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