webserver setup and filesystem permission.
Posted on 2002-07-10
I have a design question about webserver.
To give you brief idea about my current setup,
I have webserver on my production network, the main purpose of the webserver is that user can come on my intra net site and will access the report they want. I have developed couple of cgi scripts for this purpose.
As my webserver runs with lowest privilege, my cgi can not directly access the report file which are lying on the production env.
I have solved this problem by not directly accessing report file but by /bin/cat (I have set the sticky bit to /bin/cat, so no matter who runs the /bin/cat it is run as the privileged user)
but it becomes too combursum, when I release perl module(which is shared by my cgi and few other perl programs), as I have to change the permission on module every time they are released so that is is acceesible by webserver.
Is there any other better way to run webserver on production segment, where it will run as lowest privilage user but still access the production files or perl modules without such adjustments)