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My Server Doesn't Like the Word "From" ?? (8 posts)

  1. figaro
    Posted 7 years ago #

    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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  2. whooami
    Posted 7 years ago #

    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">
    <tr><td align=center>
    <input type="hidden" name="from" value="from" />

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

  3. whooami
    Posted 7 years ago #

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

  4. 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
  5. figaro
    Posted 7 years ago #

    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...

  6. 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.

  7. figaro
    Posted 7 years ago #

    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:


  8. whooami
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thats a fairly common problem,


    glad you found the cause.

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