Prevent php scripts running via .htaccess and AddHandler

I need to offer FTP access to a subdirectory to a select few clients.

This will be just to share .doc and .pdf files, but it needs to be accessible from the web... and hence I want to safeguard against potential misuse (although the clients are 100% trustworthy, you never know !!!)

I think there is a way to have an .htaccess file which sets the type of a .php file to null or something, so it can't run even if it's there... Is this using AddHandler ???

Anyway, despite searching EE and the web, I can't find the syntax to make an .htaccess file which will render .php or other script files useless in this particular subdirectory - any ideas ???

Many thanks

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Well, I am not an expert on .htaccess, but I would asume you could use mod_rewrite to re-write any url with .php to some other HTML file saying "php disabled" or someting.

I suppose you could also just prevent access for php extensions, with the following anything with .php will result in a 403 Forbidden error so php scripts can be uploaded but not run on your server.

<Files "*.php">
Order Allow,Deny
Deny from all

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If you are using PHP as an Apache module, you can put the following line in your .htaccess file:
php_flag engine off

If that doesn't work, make sure you have set "AllowOverride Options" or "AllowOverride All" privileges for the directory that contains the .htaccess file.
milkmon123Author Commented:
Thanks Diablo - you got me on the right track !!!

This is the one I used in the end...

<FilesMatch "\.(gif|jpe?g|png|php3?)$">
Order Allow,Deny
Deny from all

(In earlier apache versions you could use <Files ~ "expression">)

Many thanks for your help and quick response.
no problem :)
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