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We have a .htaccess file in a folder configured with deny,allow as follows:

Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from <whitelist IP>
Allow from <whitelist IP>
....

There are no other rewrite etc. rules in this file, just the deny/allow stuff.

If you attempt to go to http://www.xyz.site/protected/ (no filename) from a denied IP, you get the Forbidden error as expected. If, however, you go to http://www.xyz.site/protected/filename.php - where filename.php is a valid file inside the folder, e.g. the login form, the page loads - but with no images or CSS (presumably still denied per the .htaccess)

Why isn't this .htaccess setup preventing access to the whole folder from denied IPs - might there be a conflicting server permission somewhere overriding it?

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It really depends on your configuration. How is the php interpreter invoked? You are using it via CGI, FastCGI or are you using the embedded php interpreter, aka mod_php?

  • FastCGI. We've got a .htaccess file in the parent folder to our protected one which contains a line to stop RewriteRules taking effect in the folder: RewriteRule ^protected/(.*) - [L] Could this be interfering with the deny/allow logic? I'm also risking the wrath of the mods by mentioning this, I suspect, but the server is also running Plesk 10.4.4..... – MikkyX Nov 11 '15 at 14:04
  • Then probably apache is configured to forward all the .php requests to the fastgci interpreter before parsing the .htaccess file... – SimoneLazzaris Nov 11 '15 at 15:26
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Sounds like that .htaccess content is not being interpreted and the "Forbidden" result on accessing the directory comes from forbidden DirectoryListings (non-existing index-file?).

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