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From "laurence.schuler" <laurence.schu...@nasa.gov>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] htpasswd permissions
Date Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:42:46 GMT
On 07/03/2013 12:40 PM, Isenhower, Dave wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have a an htpasswd file that I want to have locked down so that it cannot be read on
the filesystem by anyone other than the owner and Apache.  Apache is version 2.2.3 running
on RedHat Linux 5.9.  
>
> The permissions I have set are as follows:
>
> drwxr-xr-x 6 root     root   4096 May  7 10:19 /www
> drwxrwxr-x 3 webowner apache 4096 May  7 10:03 /www/etc
> drwxrwxr-x 4 webowner apache 4096 Jun  7 18:01 /www/etc/apache
> drwxrwx--- 6 webowner apache 4096 Jun  7 18:01 /www/etc/apache/config
> -rw-rw---- 1 webowner apache 123  Jun  7 18:01 /www/etc/apache/config/htpasswd
>
> The httpd server starts as root and runs under the apache account as a member of the
apache group.  Under this permission structure, the web server will prompt the user for authentication,
but throws an internal server error after the attempted login.
>
> The error log shows this:
>
> [Wed Jul 03 10:58:12 2013] [error] [client 127.0.0.1] (13)Permission denied: Could not
open password file: /www/etc/apache/config/htpasswd
> [Wed Jul 03 10:58:12 2013] [crit] [client 127.0.0.1] configuration error:  couldn't check
user.  No user file?: /restricted/testfile.html
>
> If I give read access to others on htpasswd (chmod o+r) and the config directory (chmod
o+rx), there's no more internal server error.  Changing the owner from webowner to apache
also resolves the issue.  However, neither of these options meets my needs in terms of file-security.
>
> I'm stumped and would appreciate any help.
>
> Thanks,
> Dave
>
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Are you using SELinux?


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