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Access Forbidden error when accessing security page of XAMPP

Try to access the security page of XAMPP (http://localhost/security/) and if you get an Access Forbidden Error then here is a simple solution to get rid of the error message

+ Go to xampp\apache\conf\extra

+ Edit httpd-xampp.conf

+ Change the line

Allow from localhost


Allow from

+ Save & restart XAMPP server

+ Try http://localhost/security/ again and good luck

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  1. pmcvw

    Tried your fix – does not work. Have been wrestling with this problem for 8 days now. Xampp worked fine on my Vista OS until I upgraded to the latest Xampp. Tried resetting passwords, etc but am now of the opinion that there is a residual command / permission causing the problem OR (my belief) that there is a minor but impotant bug in the upgrade package. Will keep on trying. Incidentally, uninstalling everything and then reinstalling on a clean disk still repeats the problem. Ironically, everything else appears to work fine – working it with OSCommerce2.2.


  2. number.0

    Sorry that didn’t help, i’m running xampp on windows server 2003 with latest xampp, and things are fine, not yet tested on Vista

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