Re: newbie with www user security problem

From: Stijn Hoop (
Date: 08/11/05

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    Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 17:04:34 +0200

    On Thu, Aug 11, 2005 at 04:54:10PM +0200, wrote:
    > If the box in question was local secure, you don't have to worry that much.

    Correct of course, but seeing as the OP admitted to not knowing a lot about
    the administration of this machine, I don't think local security was very

    > If it's a long time since you've updated your base, are sloppy with passwords
    > on the box in question, haven't updated your daemons/setuid packages in weeks,
    > then the box should be concidered a total loss.
    > Just think in terms as "what are the possible things I could do if my UID were
    > 'www'"

    There might be some less obvious things, especially if the base OS is
    as far behind as the phpBB installation.

    > I for example have webservers running in chroot, on a partition that is
    > nosuid, and starred out password for the user 'www'. The thing you
    > describing happens sometimes because users do not update there phpbb's
    > either. I'm not affraid since the kiddo would have the same access than a
    > customer, which I cannot trust either. If you don't know the box IS secure,
    > it isn't, there is a lot of work involved in keeping things like this
    > "under controle".

    Totally true, and good advice for setting up access for customers / etc.


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    		-- Cocktail

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