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I have an html form like so:

form accept-charset="utf-8" enctype="multipart/form-data" name="edit_orders" action="custom-quotes-request.php?action=edit&id=<?php echo $_GET['id']; ?>&type=update" method="post"

There's two form fields which send customer email address. Part of the POST data is encoded as:


Those two are just plain text fields. Whenever the email contains the string "rolex" I get a 403 Forbidden error. I've set file permissions and checked server configuration. I'm using a dedicated server and the support crew are quite knowledgeable on server management so I don't think there's some overlooking on their part (I think they just use a preconfigured server with CPanel).

The page does accept a GET request and returns output as appropriate. The problem only happens if the any of the email fields contain the "rolex" string and the request is POST.

So those work (the @ is urlencoded):


Those don't:


I've tried both form enctypes. I've also checked the error logs. I couldn't find any info at all on why this error occurs.

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Unrelated to the problem you are asking about, I noticed that your form is vulnerable to XSS. This bit in particular: <?php echo $_GET['id']; ?> is not validated or escaped. It looks very much like that value will be used in an SQL query later on and I suspect that will be vulnerable to SQL injection. –  Ladadadada Jan 23 '13 at 23:59
I know all this code is crappy. I didn't write this form. In fact i'm using a custom request builder to submit the test requests (also tried with the form). I can send you the whole source code of the request if needed. My confusion is why the particular request results in 403 specifically. Anyways thanks for your notes and for correcting the formatting of my question :) –  CodeFan Jan 24 '13 at 0:08

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