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My site is "under attack" : bots from many different IPs are filling a form with spammy content.

IP addresses can't be filtered, they are always different, so I was thinking to filter by QUERY_STRING, to match an URI like this:

The rule :

rewritecond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.*)spamword(.*)$
rewriterule .* - [F,L]

The regular expression looks right, but the rule is never executed. Any idea what's going on?

Thank you.

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Have you enabled & looked at your RewriteLog ? – Wrikken Jul 25 '10 at 19:15
Just a note: the form I'm talking about is a search form, so no captcha could be used. – UVL Jul 29 '10 at 14:17
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I could not enable the rewrite log, so I have found another way, and did this directly on all the pages with a form:

if ( strlen( $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'] )>650 ) {
    header('HTTP/1.0 401 Unauthorized'); 
    .. error message to not panic real users ...

Because I have found ( watching the access logs and considering the form fields ) that an URL longer than 650 characters is never a valid request. (the average size was 4-6 Kb)

Sadly the regex issue is still there, and did not managed to solve it. But at least the issue was partially solved ( the bots are still there, but the page uses very few resources, as no queries are done )

Luckily the bots will recognize the 401 error and desist.

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you can accept your own answer if you solve it already – Graviton Jul 28 '10 at 13:05

Aside of @Wrikken comment (check the log and see if RewriteEngine is on), the only thing that can be wrong is the regex. Try removing the ():

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^.*spamword.*$
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