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We are running a PHP application on a linux apache webserver.

How can we secure the server, so if someone finds a hole in our application, they can only get access to the application (Files inside the www folder) and not rest of the server?

How to secure for running commands like: exec('/usr/sbin/adduser –p password test')

What about read-access to config-files, log files?


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closed as not constructive by Sven, mdpc, voretaq7 Oct 25 '12 at 18:10

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You secure a server/application by following security best practices for configuration of the server and writing of the application. This question is unanswerable beyond that advice - there are literally dozens of books on this topic. If you can come up with a more focused question you can ask here or on Information Security and we may be able to help you out... – voretaq7 Oct 25 '12 at 18:10
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Jacob, I think the best way to achieve your first goal is to use the open_basedir directive on your virtual hosts.

Take a look at "Limit the files that can be opened by PHP to the specified directory-tree, including the file itself."

In order to disable functions, you can use the disable-functions on your php.ini "This directive allows you to disable certain functions for security reasons."

Hope this helps.

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