Re: Very basic security question:

From: Curt Seeliger (
Date: 01/24/03

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    On Thursday 23 January 2003 11:31 am, Brad Arlt wrote:
    > Though shalt not let network services alter any critical files is the
    > best approach.
    > What is normally done by myself and others I have talked to is a PHP
    > gateway server. You would write a daemon that your PHP code talks to
    > via a Unix domain socket. The protocol you use to talk to your daemon
    > would include a username and password (so the deamon can ensure it is
    > talking to an authorized user).

    As a newbie, I don't see how this is more secure. The service is still
    directly available via the network without the PHP program. Secondly, a
    hostile user could make arbitrary account changes if they were able to
    run the PHP program.

    Waiting for enlightenment,

    cur - still prefering cryptogams to cryptograms

    Curt Seeliger, Data Ranger          
    CSC, EPA/WED contractor