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  • Resolved Robert Trevellyan


    I have BackUpWordPress 2.3 installed on 4 sites that are hosted on DreamHost. All 4 sites are using PHP 5.4.x FastCGI with Extra Web Security enabled, and WordPress 3.5.2. On 3 out of 4 sites, I’m seeing the warning “BackUpWordPress has detected a problem. wp-cron.php is returning a 403 Forbidden”. On the 4th site, there is no warning, and a scheduled database-only backup completed successfully last night.

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  • I have just updated to BackUPWordPress 2.3 and I am seeing this message box at the top of the setting screen, in every website I have run the update. This message did not appear with the previous version. This is with WP3.5.2.

    BackUpWordPress has detected a problem. wp-cron.php is returning a 503 Service Unavailable response which could mean cron jobs aren’t getting fired properly. BackUpWordPress relies on wp-cron to run scheduled back ups. See the FAQ for more details.

    This is no longer an issue for me. The explanation is that I was blocking specific IPs that had been attacking my site, and it appears one of the attacking IPs was the address of the site itself (presumably spoofed).


    Thanks for that update. That seemed to be the same issue for me. I was using Better WP security and checked the logs for a banner user, sure enough the server IP address was in there.

    I myself might also look into a measure to prevent this in the future. In my case the security blocked based on too many 404 not founds, which I at least can go look into that issue separately. This was most helpful as it took me a few hours to find your fix.

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