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IPSConfig runs cron jobs as root. And when adding new cron jobs in ISPconfig it sets them to also be run as root and I don't see any way to change it. Is this safe?

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closed as off-topic by HopelessN00b Mar 8 '15 at 21:31

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Is it safe to be running cron jobs as root when they don't need to be? That depends; are your cron jobs 100% secure? If so, then you are 100% safe. If you aren't completely certain of their security, then no, this is not safe.

This software is ultimately manipulating the standard crontab files. You can edit these with crontab -e and vi /etc/crontab . In the former, every entry is assumed to be for user who's crontab it is (for example, to edit apache's crontab, you would use crontab -eu apache). In the latter, the username comes after the time segment ('* * * * * USERNAME COMMAND')

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ISP Config does execute cron jobs in a jailed environment, as you can see inside the crontab files created in /etc/cron.d/ispc*.


So, execute command in that way should not be a problem if your users can not create unsafe executables (which indeed is not a cron problem).

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