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Do I have an option to forbid a user group or a sftpuser to set chmod +x?

The user shall be allowed to upload media files, but no php scripts to run for example.

  • If the user has access to your machine then the user is able to run chmod. You could use AppArmor to prevent a syscall that is triggered by chmod but then it might destabilize you system. You can try and set the umask to the uploading directory as it suits you. – Valentin Bajrami Jan 17 '13 at 8:22
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    PHP scripts don't need to have the executable bit set to be interpreted (in most cases). – faker Jan 17 '13 at 8:29
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Yes : You can use a dedicated partition for sftpuser.

Once done, just disable executables on this partition ("noexec" in /etc/fstab).

This would look like :


/dev/examplevg/sftpuser        /home/sftpuser                   ext3    defaults,noexec 1 2

Note that also have to chroot sftpuser and since sftpuser just needs to upload php files, it is also a good idea to restrict the account to sftp : chroot + only sftp

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