I was accessing www.example.com/RestAPI/index.php/tweets.json in my server.

The modsec_audit.log showed the following error, but there is no related errors/warnings in modsec_debug.log. I could see the Internal Server error is logged in example-error_log.

How can I debug this Internal Server error?


[21/Mar/2012:07:01:52 +0000] T2l84H8AAAEAAGxPZ@QAAAAG x.x.x.x 33101 x.x.x.x 80


GET /RestAPI/index.php/tweets.json HTTP/1.1 Host: www.example.com User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0 Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,/;q=0.8 Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5 Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate DNT: 1 Cookie: __utma=159129855.1463065063.1331789485.1331789485.1331789485.1; __utmz=159129855.1331789485.1.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none); 8cb6a414cf5ec1919864de0e80bea4da=0es7dcu0p10cocfpferb2lddi0; 8926e4f3c475bb6fcacb409299f1bd27=53cf8c5e6bf78ea45096945377e6d609 Connection: keep-alive Cache-Control: max-age=0


HTTP/1.0 500 Internal Server Error X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.5 Content-Length: 0 Connection: close Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8


Apache-Handler: php5-script Stopwatch: 1332313312358005 130428 (- - -) Producer: ModSecurity for Apache/2.5.12 (http://www.modsecurity.org/); core ruleset/2.0.5. Server: Apache


1 Answer 1


I guess mod_security is really just a messenger here, and not blocking anything by itself. HTTP 500 Internal Server Error is typically caused by

  • A faulty Apache configuration for that virtual host / directory
  • A faulty .htaccess file in that directory
  • Something else

Does everything else work fine at your server and only the tweets.json does not?

  • You are correct, Janne. I've disabled modsecurity and still gets 500 error.
    – max87
    Mar 22, 2012 at 4:38
  • Everything else in the server works fine. The tweets.json file's directory was recursively copied from another path ( and from that path tweets.json is working fine ) in the same virtualhost . The htaccess file is also looks good. Can there be any other reasons?
    – max87
    Mar 22, 2012 at 4:51

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