Bug 2098 - user/group apache runs as is " nobody "
user/group apache runs as is " nobody "
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: apache (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Cristian Gafton
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Reported: 1999-04-09 16:35 EDT by Jeremiah Johnson
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-04-09 22:37:28 EDT
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Description Jeremiah Johnson 1999-04-09 16:35:20 EDT
In the apache documentation they suggest for running apache
as a non-root user, but they also suggest making a user
specifically for apache and not using " nobody " or " nouser
".  Is it possible that we could distribute apache
configured to run as " httpd " or somthing similar?
Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 1999-04-09 22:37:59 EDT
This will break previous installations of apache that might already
count on apache running as nobody. Under normal conitions, nobody does
not own anything on the file system anyway.
Comment 2 rossigee 1999-12-21 06:45:59 EST
I disagree with this resolution. I also believe that apache should run with it's
own user. After all, 'gdm' and 'xfs' and other daemons do.

For example, I have a secret key file that is shared between an Apache DSO
(mod_jserv.so) and a seperate Java process, running a processing engine. To
ensure secure communications between the two, they share a common key file. I
have the permissions set to 600, owned by the user 'apache'. If this was owned
by 'nobody', I would consider this a security hazard.

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