Looking at the Mahara installation guide
we could add some ErrorDocument lines to that <virtualHost> info and
give instructions on how to set that up to point to relating *.php files
(eg errors/404.php) in Mahara so they can be served maybe.
And then include a bunch of error php files in mahara that can be
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Wishlist: Apache-compatible 404 error response page
Status in Mahara:
Due to receiving a few security reports about it, we've recently re-
styled the 404 response pages for most of the Mahara project sites.
The reports we received pointed out that the default Apache 404
response page prints the url-decoded (but still html-escaped) query
portion of the URL on the page. This could result in attackers
printing arbitrary text onto the page, with spaces and such, which
conceivably could be part of a phishing attack.
To keep thing simple, we replaced it with a static empty page that
doesn't include any details about the requested query. However,
ideally we'd want to print out a page more like Google's 404 page:
1. Styled in the site's theme
2. Contains the requested URL, but in a way that clearly sets it apart (i.e.,
url-encoded so that spaces are transformed into %20, and possibly truncated if
it's quite long.)
3. Maybe translated as well.
We could achieve this by shipping a PHP script with Mahara, which a
Mahara site admin could then configure their Apache server to use for
its 404 error document, via this directive:
ErrorDocument 404 /errors/404.php
We might also provide a "sample.htaccess" file, sitting at the top
level of the project (outside the htdocs directory) to show people how
to set this up. (We used to include a .htaccess file in Mahara's
htdocs by default, but this could cause crashes if people were using
different servers or different versions of Apache).
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