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How To Disable HTTP OPTIONS Methods in Apache

It is important to disable insecure HTTP methods in Apache web server such as OPTIONS, HEAD, PUT, DELETE if your website does not need them as they can lead to security vulnerabilities. In this article, we will look at how to disable HTTP OPTIONS methods in Apache. You can also use these steps to disable HEAD, PUT, DELETE methods.

How To Disable HTTP Options Methods in Apache

Here are the steps to disable HTTP OPTIONS methods in Apache web server. We will need to enable mod_rewrite module in Apache to disable HTTP methods.

1. Open htaccess file

Before proceeding, please enable mod_rewrite (.htaccess) in your Apache web server.

Open .htaccess file, typically located at /var/www/html/.htaccess

$ sudo vi /var/www/html/.htaccess

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2. Disable HTTP OPTIONS methods

Add the following lines to your .htaccess file to disable OPTIONS, TRACE and TRACK methods.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* - [F]

In the above code, the first line tells Apache to enable mod_rewrite. The second line matches the request method with OPTIONS, TRACE and TRACK methods. The third line forbids access to all such matching methods.

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So, to summarize, Apache forbids access to all requests whose HTTP method is OPTIONS, TRACE or TRACK.

Similarly, you can disable HEAD, PUT, DELETE methods by adding/replacing


with other HTTP methods. Here is the configuration to disable HEAD, PUT, DELETE methods.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule .* - [F]

Also Read : How to Enable mod_rewrite in XAMPP, WAMP

3. Restart Apache Web Server

Restart Apache web server to apply changes.

$ sudo service apache2 restart

Hopefully, this article will help you disable HTTP OPTIONS method for your Apache web server.

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