This is somewhat off-topic, but has to do with shared hosting. All of my 
experience with Linux has been on boxes where I've pretty well had the only 
account. I'm now working on a shared system which provides SSH access. The 
idea is to host a client's site on  this system, but after a few hours of 
exploring here's why I'm having second thoughts.

I can move up the directory tree and see all the other users directories, 
the contents thereof, and individual files, such as 
"/use/home/other_user/today.html". Permissions are such that I was not able 
to edit or copy them. (I tried.) The contents of etc/passwd could be listed.

mysqlshow listed all the databases on the system; with the mysql console I 
was able to examine the structure and contents of any of them, with a 
couple I went further and added a table, inserted records, and dropped the 
table. I could also insert records (which I subsequently deleted) into 
existing tables.

Call me naive, but is this normal, or should I bail on this arrangement 
before going any further? It's a BSD system.

Comments and opinions are solicited.

Regards - Miles Thompson

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