I tried to add this line to my virtual hosts in Apache, but failed:

php_admin_value open_basedir "/var/www/users/test"

My installation:

root# apt-get install apache2 apache2-suexec libapache2-mod-fcgid php5-cgi

Any ideas?

Something I noticed in php manual that worried me enough (http://www.php.net/manual/en/ini.list.php): open_basedir is marked as PHP_INI_ALL meaning "Entry can be set anywhere" so, even at run-time a user can change it or am I having wrong?*

(*: confirmed, user can NOT change it at run-time)


Setting php ini options in the apache config only affects php when running as an apache module. For CGI / FastCGI, the setting need to be added to the php.ini (or via ini_set - but this doesn't make much sense for open_basedir unless it's via an auto-prepend).

  • So, we can simply set it at php.ini as long as user is not allowed to edit it! 'auto-prepend' feature gives me some ideas for increased security(?!). Thanks. – centurian Apr 11 '13 at 9:50

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