SSL expired - forbidden to renew

my certificate has expired and when I tried to renew, it returns: “invalid response from…403 forbidden…”
can you help me?


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Thank you steve,
The required information are as below

I ran the command: certbot renew --dry–run
I also ran this command: certbot --apache

it produced this output:

Processing /etc/letsencrypt/renewal/

** DRY RUN: simulating ‘certbot renew’ close to cert expiry
** (The test certificates below have not been saved.)

All renewal attempts failed. The following certs could not be renewed:
/etc/letsencrypt/live/ (failure)
** DRY RUN: simulating ‘certbot renew’ close to cert expiry
** (The test certificates above have not been saved.)


My web server is Apache 2.4.6

I am using CentOS 7.5.1804 (core)

My server is located on Hetzner

I can not login remotely nor SSH and the other ways… I just can login via VNC console

I don’t using the control panels on my server, just managing my website via wordpress

Hi @isampeace

there is a 403 Forbidden - Status. Looks like your server blocks the content of /.well-known/acme-challenge/.

Do you block the access to your server? You need something like

<Location /.well-known/acme-challenge> Require all granted </Location>

Or do you have wrong rewrite rules?

Additional: Calling your domain:

The domain is marked as inactive. For more information, please contact your hosting provider.
Diese Domain wird als inaktiv markiert. Für weitere Informationen kontaktieren Sie bitte Ihren Hosting Provider.

Perhaps your provider adds something so you cannot use the domain.

But your dns (ipv6 + ipv4) is ok.


@JuergenAuer’s idea reminded me…

I checked your whois record and realized that your domain is actually expired… (According to which means your registrar might suspended your domain (explains why the page “marked as inactive”). Please kindly fix this before proceed, so at least we could remove one possibility…

You might need to contact your registrar to resolve this… (ironically… your registrar has the same page…so maybe there is a server error?)

Thank you

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how stupid am I :man_facepalming:

thank you guys

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