My apache error_logs started having these lines about 2 weeks ago:
[Fri Sep 06 10:07:05 2013] [alert] [client 188.8.131.52] /.htaccess: deny requires at least two arguments, 'from' followed by hostnames or IP-address wildcards
(when this happens, The browser shows Error 500.)
These website runs wordpress.
I didn't find anything special in my .htaccess file, So I deleted it. i even deleted all .htaccess files in this virtual server, but the problem continued. I restarted apache2 afterwards, But the problem continues.
The problem stopped when I edited /etc/apache2/apache2.conf and replaced .htaccess filename definition there to some other non=existant name.
So i'm worried that there's "meta" .htaccess file or pseudo file somewhere in the system, which affects all other .htaccess somehow.
How comes? Is that possible? does it sound familiar?
(my system is ubuntu 12, runs for over a year now, with only minor incidents)