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403 Forbidden error - index.php 000 permission (4 posts)

  1. kangenguru
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I just checked what was a perfectly healthy website (at least last week it was ok). Today I am getting this error -

    Forbidden

    You don't have permission to access /index.php on this server.

    Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

    I looked at my site and found that the index.php is 000 in permission. Tried to change it using file manager to 644 but I cannot change permissions. In the CPanel File Manager, it seems I am able to change permission to 644 but when I move around to another directory, and come back to the main WP directory, I see the index.php is back at 000 permission.

    My .htaccess file reads like this (I have WP-Padlock installed)

    <Files 403.shtml>
    order allow,deny
    allow from all
    </Files>
    
    deny from 62.139.191.1/32
    deny from 62.139.191.2/31
    deny from 62.139.191.4/30
    deny from 62.139.191.8/29
    deny from 62.139.191.16/28
    deny from 62.139.191.32/27
    deny from 62.139.191.64/26
    deny from 62.139.191.128/26
    deny from 62.139.191.192/27
    deny from 62.139.191.224/28
    deny from 62.139.191.240/29
    deny from 62.139.191.248/30
    deny from 62.139.191.252/31
    deny from 62.139.191.254/32
    
    # 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]
    </IfModule>
    
    # END WordPress

    The IP addresses (probably from a hacking attempt) do not match my ip address nor my hosting ip address.

    Just previous to this issue, I upgraded to 3.2.1 and my left side navigation bar went out. I followed the procedure and got the left nav bar issue fixed.

    Luckily, I am able to get in the wp-admin. I started turning plugins on and off but no success so far.

    Anybody else having this problem? Please advise...

  2. Contact your host and ask them to change the permissions, if you don't have root access.

  3. kangenguru
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    This install of WordPress is not on the main root directory but in a subdirectory of public_html.

    The directory that WordPress is installed has 755 privileges so I should be able to work with it.

    I will check with my host to find out what is going on.

  4. aldemer
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I can fix this issue kindly PM me

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