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  • Can't name a section called "Yeti"

    So I have a section on my forum that was created a long time ago (almost 10 years) and has been used over the years without issue. New threads and posts over the years worked fine...

    Until today when a single user reported that they were getting time outs when attempting to respond to a thread in that section where everything outside that section worked fine.

    I was able to post new threads and reply in the section, but in my testing I am unable to create a new section called "New Yeti" or "Yeti2". It doesn't matter if I'm attempting to create a new section from scratch or if I'm editing an existing one. If I name it something else it all works fine.

    Nothing has been updated recently that I am aware of:

    PHP 7.0.32
    MySQL Version 10.0.37-MariaDB
    vBulletin 4.2.5

    I've repaired databases, rebooted the server... There is no error displayed, and nothing I can find in any log (where should I be looking anyway?)

    Can someone else tell me if they can create a section called "Yeti" or if there is any reason why that particular word is giving me grief??

  • #2
    Could be server security software blocking it, such as mod_security. The rule triggering it may need relaxing.

    Your host can verify this and assist.
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    • #3
      Actually, any use of the word "Yeti" anywhere in a post or title ends with a time out.

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      • #4
        ...and disabling modsecurity in cpanel it appears to solve the problem. Is there any fine control in there?

        edit: or it didn't. I was able to post one thread with the word yeti in ti, but not rename the section or post a second thread.
        Last edited by The_Hawk; Sun 18th Nov '18, 1:14am.

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        • #5
          Disabling modsecurity and rebooting (to be sure), it's still showing as off after a reboot... but I still can't name something yeti or use the word. I will log a call with the host but this one has me lost.

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          • #6
            There is a penetration testing suite called Yeti. An overzealous security team may block it.
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