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New system check to warn that Piwik is not compatible with mod_security #3371

mattab opened this Issue · 3 comments

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Piwik Open Source Analytics member

Reported in: #2997, some work was done in the early days in #1460

  • Hostgator users need to contact their host to disable mod_security. Hundreds of piwik users have had to contact their hosts to disable mod_security.
  • There are several known issues with Piwik and mod_security!

I have found that almost all rules in modsecurity_crs_41_sql_injection_attacks.conf need 

for google adwords, google analytics  and piwik to work ok with mod_security.
Pattern match "\\%(?![0-9a-fA-F]{2}|u[0-9a-fA-F]{4})" at ARGS:pattern. [file "/usr/local/apache/conf/modsec2.user.conf"] [line "20"] [id "1234123440"] [msg "URL Encoding Abuse Attack Attempt"] [severity "WARNING"]
  U4n-qUIt@YIADWbyzkUAAAB1 35095 80

As a proposed solution to inform users of potential issues early:

  • Write a system check entry to check for mod_security and issue Warning if it is detected.

    • Suggest to user that it is OK to disable mod_security for Piwik app.
  • Maybe in this system check message we could also link to FAQ and this FAQ could list the rules to disable in the mod_security config. if some users reading here may contribute them?

See similar #5081

Piwik Open Source Analytics member

It's never going to happen I think!

Piwik Open Source Analytics member

Also reported here:,88617,page=1#msg-98619

In the custom rule file, add following lines:

# Allow Piwik queries
  SecRule REQUEST_FILENAME "^/path_to_your_piwik_dir/piwik\.php$" id:99998,log,phase:2,chain,allow
  SecRule ARGS_NAMES "^action_name$"

  SecRule REQUEST_FILENAME "^/path_to_your_piwik_dir/index\.php$" id:99999,log,phase:2,chain,allow
  SecRule ARGS_NAMES "^module$"

@mattab mattab removed the Major label

Is there any update to this? I have my hosting with HostGator shared hosting and they are not willing to disable mod_sec for the whole server. The one tech I talked with said he could disable some rules for my domain as long as they are not flagged as required for them - but he would need to know which rules to disable. Is there any progress in knowing what rules to disable? This could be a path to allowing many more users to install Piwik. God Willing. Thanks.

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