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My Server Doesn’t Like the Word “From” ??

  • I’m baffled by a problem I’ve experienced on a couple of occasions now where my server doesn’t allow me to post certain words. Today, WordPress refused to allow me to make a post with the word “from” in it…strange, I know, but take a look at the following video of the problem. Any tips would be greatly appreciated…this isn’t a huge problem (and I don’t think it’s a WordPress specific problem), but it’s just an annoyance and I curious if anyone else has experienced something similiar.

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  • whooami

    @whooami

    Member

    I cant understand why that would be a blocked word, but that *sounds* like mod_security.

    I can use the word “from” inside posts fine on other 2.8 installs.

    I would try this on 2 stand alone pages, one .php and one .html, and see what happens:

    <form action="" method="post">
    <table>
    </td></tr>
    <tr><td align=center>
    <input type="hidden" name="from" value="from" />
    </td></tr></table>
    </form>

    do either result in an error? If so, contact your host and ask whats up.

    whooami

    @whooami

    Member

    hah, just noticed my bad html nesting, tsk tsk.

    I’ve had that problem! And it’s not always the same word, yesterday it was ‘Updated’, which took me a while to suss out.

    This has happened to me on occasion from WP 2.7 onward, but it’s never the same twice in a row. It works fine in all other posts, but not the one. I’ve had it happen on 2 different themes, both child themes.

    Things in common with my two blogs:

    • WP 2.8
    • Child Themes
    • Same server

    Thanks for verifying I’m not just losing it 😉

    I have had it happen with another php app as well, so I think whooami may be on the right track with mod_security or something on the server vs a WP specific problem. I can verify that I have been able to post “from” in other posts…just not that one. And, interesting enough, even if I made a new post with that content, I got the same results…it’s almost like it just didn’t like “from” in that specific context…strange…

    That’s exactly the problem I have. And now that I’m reminded of this, I’m pretty sure I saw this once on a MediaWiki install on the same server. Okay, so now that we’re not insane and we know it’s the server(s) … Ugh. I don’t even know where to look. ‘Server hates content with certain words’ is a weird search query.

    I just found it…whooami was right…it’s a mod_security issue. The solution, or at least one solution to clear the problem in WordPress is posted here by djdavedawson below:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/256526

    whooami

    @whooami

    Member

    Thats a fairly common problem,

    http://wordpress.org/tags/mod_security

    glad you found the cause.

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