[Owasp-modsecurity-core-rule-set] Location/LocationMatch failing to disable rules

Ryan Barnett RBarnett at trustwave.com
Tue Nov 26 14:41:19 UTC 2013

Hey Phil,
Based on the info you gave about your setup, I think I know what the issue might be.  First of all, take a look at this Apache request flow diagram on the ModSecurity Reference Manual Wiki page -

This diagram shows where ModSecurity's Phase hooks are.  With this as a visual backdrop, now understand that if you place any ModSecurity rules or directives inside Apache scope locations (<Location>, <LocationMatch>, <Directory>, etc…) then they will only be available to ModSecurity in Phase:2 (Fixup hook).  The issue, most likely, is that your AJP proxying is happening before the Fixup Phase:2 hook so your rules/exceptions are not working.

What I recommend for you situation would be to use SecRules + ctl:ruleRemoveById action in Phase:1 instead of nesting them within Apache scope locations.  Something like this (untested) added to a modsecurity_crs_15_custon.conf file so that it runs before the rest of the CRS rules -

   SecRule REQUEST_FILENAME "@beginsWith /subsonic/" "id:1234,phase:1,t:none,nolog,pass,ctl:ruleRemoveById=330792"

One other note – you might need to recompile with "--enable-request-early" to get this to work in the "post-read-request" hook  (https://github.com/SpiderLabs/ModSecurity/wiki/Reference-Manual#wiki-Configure_ModSecurity)

Hope this info helps.

Ryan Barnett
Trustwave SpiderLabs
ModSecurity Project Leader
OWASP ModSecurity CRS Project Leader

From: Phill Watkins <phill.watkins at gmail.com<mailto:phill.watkins at gmail.com>>
Date: Monday, November 25, 2013 6:45 AM
To: OWASP CRS Mailing List <owasp-modsecurity-core-rule-set at lists.owasp.org<mailto:owasp-modsecurity-core-rule-set at lists.owasp.org>>
Subject: [Owasp-modsecurity-core-rule-set] Location/LocationMatch failing to disable rules


For some reason I'm struggling to to disable rules using SecRuleRemoveById inside a Location or LocationMatch.

I can disable rules globally (which isn't ideal) so I know the directive works but I don't know why Apache doesn't act upon the Location/LocationMatch.

One of the applications on my web server that I'm trying to disable a rule for is Subsonic. Subsonic requires Tomcat and is a connected to Apache via the AJP connector module.

I have successfully disabled one of the Atomicorp delayed rules in the past like this:

<IfModule mod_jk.c>
JkMount /subsonic ajp13_worker
JkMount /subsonic/* ajp13_worker
<Location /subsonic/upload.view>
SecRuleRemoveById 330792

I am now trying to disable rule 960010 from the CRS for the entire application because of too many false positives.

I have tried <Location /subsonic/>  as well as multiple regular expressions for days but nothing works.

Here is an example from the audit log:

[12/Nov/2013:12:19:05 +0000] UoIcuX8AAQEAAAJ3AQgAAAAA hidden 45509 hidden 443
POST /subsonic/dwr/call/plaincall/nowPlayingService.getNowPlaying.dwr HTTP/1.1
Host: hidden
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Length: 214
Origin: https://hidden
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/30.0.1599.114 Safari/537.36
Content-Type: text/plain
Accept: */*
Referer: https://hidden/subsonic/right.view?
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate,sdch
Accept-Language: en-GB,en-US;q=0.8,en;q=0.6
Cookie: player-656c6c6965=6; player-73727661646d=6; JSESSIONID=088A746CDC6B4356A388E7C1D44EEE6A.ajp13_worker; player-7068696c6c=9; compact_display_state=false

HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Content-Encoding: gzip
Content-Length: 221
Keep-Alive: timeout=5, max=88
Connection: Keep-Alive
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

Message: Access denied with code 403 (phase 1). Match of "rx ^%{tx.allowed_request_content_type}$" against "TX:0" required. [file "/etc/apache2/owasp-modsecurity-crs/activated_rules/modsecurity_crs_30_http_policy.conf"] [line "64"] [id "960010"] [rev "2"] [msg "Request content type is not allowed by policy"] [data "text/plain"] [severity "CRITICAL"] [ver "OWASP_CRS/2.2.8"] [maturity "9"] [accuracy "9"] [tag "OWASP_CRS/POLICY/ENCODING_NOT_ALLOWED"] [tag "WASCTC/WASC-20"] [tag "OWASP_TOP_10/A1"] [tag "OWASP_AppSensor/EE2"] [tag "PCI/12.1"]
Action: Intercepted (phase 1)
Stopwatch: 1384258745437774 1085 (- - -)
Stopwatch2: 1384258745437774 1085; combined=426, p1=363, p2=0, p3=0, p4=0, p5=63, sr=48, sw=0, l=0, gc=0
Producer: ModSecurity for Apache/2.7.5 (http://www.modsecurity.org/); OWASP_CRS/2.2.8.<http://2.2.8.>
Server: Apache
Engine-Mode: "ENABLED"


I'd be grateful of any advice.

Thanks for your time.


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