BeBop wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:26 pm
You don't have permission to access /forum/viewtopic.php on this server.
Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."
I will be glad to help you out with this issue.I went to 973-eht-namuh-973.com/forum/ and I was able to pull something up. Now, I don't think this is the correct version of the site, but this is what I'm able to see: https://prnt.sc/o5gnim
This definitely seems like some bizarre behavior to me. On the one hand, there does definitely seem to be a 403 permissions issue with being able to download any of the supporting .css or .js static files from the web server.
Which is not "a phpBB issue", and would appear to fall squarely within the hosting service's purview. i.e. Whether or not your web browser can retrieve the resource http://www.973-eht-namuh-973.com/forum/ ... family.gif
has nothing to to with phpBB configuration or functioning. And at least for me right now, that image URL returns 403 forbidden.
So if nothing else, you could talk to the hosting provider specifically about that -- why am I unable enter http://www.973-eht-namuh-973.com/forum/ ... family.gif
into a web browser and view the file on my web site -- without having to even involve any phpBB-related questions. See what if any issues remain after that question is answered.
You could certainly "shoot yourself in the foot" and create an outcome such as this, by editing the .htaccess file incorrectly. So maybe compare your current .htaccess file to any previous backups (and perhaps also the root-level .htaccess for the main site, instead of just for the forum directory) and see if there has been some significant change there.
The site also seems to intend to have a bit of a "puzzle" for entry... this issue isn't happening because of some kind of misfiring "deny them access until they've solved something" mechanism that is unique to this site?
In addition to all of that, it seems like phpBB itself -- meaning phpBB PHP files are
being given the chance to execute -- then also decides to return a 403 status, too. Because if I don't have cookies saved for the site, I actually do
get the phpBB-generated dynamic HTML page. Same as what your hosting support agent showed in that screen shot they included. The page is still "not formatted well", because the underlying .js and .css static files have all been separately denied with 403 also, due to the earlier condition described.
But access to the index.php was not blocked with 403, and the page did actually return the text/html data expected from phpBB. However, once I've accessed the page and cookies are now saved, attempting to re-access the page apparently causes index.php itself (or more likely, an underlying session mechanism) to return 403 from the PHP code itself. At that point, I get the result that you described you're seeing, which is "no phpBB page content at all", and just a 403 forbidden page.
Clearing the cookies for the site lets me get back to the "one-time" ability to see the content generated by index.php, after which it will return back to 403 forbidden again once cookies are saved.
I don't know what to make of all this yet; I'm just describing all of these observations in case it triggers an idea or is recognized by someone else who has seen it before. Here is a list of test URLs I've been using; again, I can get the phpBB-generated text/html content from these pages "once" if I clear cookies for the site. Afterwards, the same URL will return 403.
http://www.973-eht-namuh-973.com/forum/ ... um.php?f=1
http://www.973-eht-namuh-973.com/forum/ ... 097#p12097