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random 500 server errors on post #261515
05/31/18 09:34 AM
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for the past month, my users have been getting completely random internal server errors when posting/replying.
and I mean random.. someone will have it happen with every post in a certain topic, but it won't happen to any else, then suddenly, they don't get the error.
one day I can post to a topic, it works, I'll post a again later, it doesn't work

there is no rhyme or reason, no pattern.

all I see in the error logs is AH01215: [vanning.com/www/threads] Program mode requires special privileges, e.g., root or TrustedUser

the admin is saying it's the software (UBB), however I had made no changes in a very long time when this had started to happen.

using version 7.6.1.1
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Re: random 500 server errors on post [Re: Bad Frog] #261516
05/31/18 01:05 PM
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A 500 error is a generic error code.
Server logs if accessible would be more specific.
If absolutly nothing has changed on your site.
Meaning modifications to the script,changes in the ubb console.
then I would suspect the host provider has changed something like upgrading apache , php , etc ad possibly some settings are now incorrect.
You have the current version I would start with the landing page of ubb cp.
See if it reports any issues to address.
The scroll down to the bottom and check permission checks.
to see if you have any failed file/folder permissions.

Other than that contact your host to resolve your issue, They can provide more specific error info.


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Re: random 500 server errors on post [Re: Bad Frog] #261517
05/31/18 01:15 PM
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As I said Above, This is the error that coincides in the logs with the internal server error when people hit post or reply

AH01215: [vanning.com/www/threads] Program mode requires special privileges, e.g., root or TrustedUser


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Re: random 500 server errors on post [Re: Bad Frog] #261519
05/31/18 01:19 PM
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The only change I had made at about the time that this started happening was updating my Google AdSense code. I completely deleted out all of that updated code and it made no difference the error still happened


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Re: random 500 server errors on post [Re: Bad Frog] #261520
05/31/18 02:27 PM
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AH01215 means that there has been a suexec policy violation; the log for such issues would be /var/log/apache2/suexec.log for the Apache webserver on Ubuntu.

Likely there is some security policy that is blocking new post creations based on a keyword (such as what mod_security would throw).


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Re: random 500 server errors on post [Re: Gizmo] #261521
05/31/18 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Gizmo
AH01215 means that there has been a suexec policy violation; the log for such issues would be /var/log/apache2/suexec.log for the Apache webserver on Ubuntu.

Likely there is some security policy that is blocking new post creations based on a keyword (such as what mod_security would throw).


There you go Bad Frog.

Probably your host instituted suexec.


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Re: random 500 server errors on post [Re: Bad Frog] #261522
05/31/18 02:41 PM
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I passed that along to them, they claim they haven't changed anything either, but who knows.


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Re: random 500 server errors on post [Re: Bad Frog] #261523
05/31/18 02:44 PM
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Well, without seeing the log, all we can do is speculate. But the error that you provided from your apache error log points towards a server issue.


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