On Apr 3, 2007, at 4:01 AM, Gregory Houston wrote:
Should WWW be able to be the owner? If not, how do I take its privileges away? Root is listed as a user in MySQL, as well as myself, but WWW is not.

Now I am afraid to create any new WordPress entries because I don't know if all my apps are going to start creating files with WWW as the owner rather
than me.

Greg, the www user/group is fairly standard, as it's usually the unprivileged user that the web server software is run as. The www user/group is on the FreeBSD system itself, not the MySQL instance. Any time a php script creates, edits, or removes a file, it's going to typically be done with the www user/group.

One solution would be to ask your friend to make you a member of the www group, which should allow you to modify/delete any files that the scripts create. A better solution would be to setuid on the directory, and give www temporary write access when you need to perform an installation such that you just experienced.

Eric F Crist
Secure Computing Networks

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