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From Joshua Slive <jos...@slive.ca>
Subject Re: 1.3.19 on Solaris7: httpd process owner -- 2 as root?
Date Fri, 05 Apr 2002 21:57:49 GMT

On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, Bruce MacDonald wrote:
> From everything I've read, I should see the initial httpd process owned by
> root and then the server processes owned by Apache.  In fact what I get is
> the initial "root" process, then an "Apache" process ("root" httpd pid + 1),
> then *another* root httpd process ("root" httpd pid + 2), and then however
> many more "Apache" httpd processes.
>
> I haven't seen anything to indicate that this should happen.  Why would
> there be *two* httpd processes owned by root?  Is this a security hole if I
> put the server into the world this way?

It depends on your configuration.  Various types of supporting programs
may be launched during the initial configuration phase as root.  For
example, piped log programs and RewriteMap programs both get to
be root.

Joshua.


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