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How safe will be my CGI scripts be, if I host with you?
Posted by - NA - on 01 January 1970 12:00 AM
We have PHPSuExec enabled in the server. When using the common PHP installation on a webserver, php runs as the user nobody and it doesn't require the execute flag to be enabled.

The problem on this is that if mod_openbasedir is not installed, every user will be able to read your php files because everyone is virtually sharing the same username (nobody).

As most of you already know, PHP Files are not meant to be read, but parsed, and that is where the problem resides. PHP Files have to be parsed, otherwise everyone who is able to read your php file will see settings that you would probably want to keep private, such as your MySQL username and password.

PHPSUEXEC fixes all this because it requires php to be run as the file owner's username. (for example: andre)

This is not everything it fixes though. PHPSUEXEC is also here to fix file ownership problems. This has been a common issue on a few Content Management Systems such as Joomla and also on the popular blog software: WordPress.

It also adds security to your files as you can use permissions such as 600 or 700 in your files and your visitors will still be able to view them (parsed) in their browsers.
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