I would like to build a very simple PHP based web based control panel to add and remove users to/from and add and remove sections to/from nginx config files on my linode vps (Ubuntu 8.04 LTS).
What is the most secure way of executing commands as root based on input from a web based control panel?
I am loathe to run PHP as root (even if behind an IP tables firewall) for the obvious reasons.
Suggestions welcome. It must be possible as several commercial (and bloated, for my needs) control panels offer similar functionality.