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Using Apache, I'd like to be able to start and stop a service on the same server. Essentially, I'm looking for a way to allow Apache (or some script called by Apache) to call sudo service XXXX start.

I realize there are severe security implications with this, and I'm looking to minimize the possible effects. There is only a single service that I need to do this for. I've seen some solutions that involve "hacking" the setuid (C/Perl wrapper), others involved editing the /etc/sudoers file.

Is there a better way?

many thanks, S.

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On the apache side, you want to protect this using digest authentication AND SSL. If at all possible, use a client certificate. – adaptr Oct 24 '12 at 14:24
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I suggest letting the www-data-user use that one init.d-script as sudo without password by adding this to your /etc/sudoers

www-data ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /etc/init.d/theinitscript

And then use sudo /etc/init.d/theinitscript start instead of the command service.

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That did it. I changed "apache" to "www-data". THANKS! – user142512 Oct 24 '12 at 14:33

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