Yum fails with error [Errno 14] HTTP Error 403: Forbidden.

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Issue

  • yum update fails with

    Loaded plugins: product-id, rhnplugin, security, subscription-manager
    Updating Red Hat repositories.
    https://cdn.redhat.com/content/dist/rhel/server/5/5Server/x86_64/os/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] HTTP Error 403: Forbidden
    

    Trying other mirror.
    Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: rhel-5-server-rpms. Please verify its path and try again

  • When trying to yum update a RHEL server using EPEL repositories, the following errors are observed:

    Could not retrieve mirrorlist http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist?repo=epel-5&arch=x86_64 error was
    [Errno 14] HTTP Error 403: Forbidden
    Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: epel. Please verify its path and try again
    

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5/6
  • Red Hat Network (RHN)
  • Red Hat Subscription Management(RHSM)

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