403 forbidden with lynx www browser

Sylvain BERTRAND sylvain.bertrand at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 01:17:23 UTC 2015

On Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 07:29:53PM +0100, Lukas Tribus wrote:
> https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200169226-Why-am-I-getting-a-403-error-
> That is however not the case with rawstory.com.
> Therefor:
> - rawstory.com uses cloudflare, but
> - cloudflare does not block lynx in this instance
> - the backend (rawstory.com) nginx server blocks the user-agent
> There is no one to blame other than the original host.

Then, back to square one.

Usually, when lynx is 403 forbidden, as far as I can remember, it was nginx. If I
read well the document with the link provided above, it means that the "browser
integrity" from nginx mod_security seems to have a setting blocking alternative
light browsers like lynx. If it's actually the case, nginx mod_security
is concluding that lynx is a "compromised browser" way too easily.


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