In my web root
/home/www/ I have an
.htaccess file to ban IP addresses:
order allow,deny deny from 126.96.36.199 deny from 188.8.131.52 allow from all ErrorDocument 500 /errors/500.htm ErrorDocument 403 /errors/403.htm
I have also tried it this way with the error statements:
ErrorDocument 500 /home/www/errors/500.htm ErrorDocument 403 /home/www/errors/403.htm
I have created an error directory,
/home/www/errors which contains the following files:
403.htm 500.htm .htaccess
In the errors directory
.htaccess I have set the rules:
order deny,allow allow from all
If I put my IP in the root .htaccess file I can't browse the site. I get an error:
Forbidden - You don't have permission to access / on this server.
Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
However if I browse to /errors/500.htm I can see that page in my browser, so I know the subdirectory
.htaccess seems to allow those files to be loaded.
What am I doing wrong? How can I deny from a certain IP address but still show a custom error page with Apache2?