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Restart httpd and named via PHP (without suexec/as nobody)

Posted on 2006-11-09
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I need to restart both BIND and Apache from a PHP script that's running as nobody.  The following two lines don't work:

echo `/usr/sbin/httpd restart`;
echo `/etc/rc.d/init.d/named restart`;

Anyone?
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by:inxil
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OK, so I came up with a solution that I think is about as good as it's going to get.  First I updated my sudoers file and added the following:

nobody ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /etc/rc.d/init.d/named reload
nobody ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/httpd graceful

Then I updated my PHP script accordingly:

echo `sudo /usr/sbin/httpd graceful`;
echo `sudo /etc/rc.d/init.d/named reload`;

This means that the user nobody can gracefully restart apache and reload BIND's database, which is somewhat insecure, but is acceptable.  Does anyone have a better solution?
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hernst42 earned 1000 total points
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Yup using sudo is the correct way to do such things
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by:Aamir Saeed
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You need root to do that. No two ways about it sorry.

Why would you want to restart Apache? Most httpds i know have an option that allows you to reload (meaning: keep running, but reload the configuration file).

I have even more troubble seeing why you would want to restart Bind. Checkout the remote name daemon control (rndc).
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by:inxil
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I feel like I answered the question myself...
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by:inxil
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I don't mind giving the points to hernst42 and i_m_aamir, but to those of you looking for a similar solution--the method I described works quite well.
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