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Posted on 2009-04-14
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Hello,

I have created a php page that I would like to POST to a second php script that lives above the root web directory for security reasons. The page living above web root will then interface with a db file and redirect back to a final landing page. However upon submitting the form, a 404 error is displayed and I notice the url shows as looking for the second script page under web root. This sort of thing works on the old non php hosted website so what am I missing? Worth noting is that on both sites I have ftp access to the above web root directories.
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Beverley Portlock earned 2000 total points
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I presume you are attempting to send Apache to this external page via a form action or a header directive?

The only effective way to do this is to "include" or "require" the page outside the web directory into a script that is accessible within the web root. Let us say that "outside.php" is outside the webroot and "inside.php" is inside it then something like this

// inside.php
//
if ( isset( $_POST['submit'] ) ) {
   
    include "outside.php";

}

<form action='inside.php' method='post'>
..... code
<input name='submit' type='submit' value='Do something' />
</form>
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by:Beverley Portlock
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" This sort of thing works on the old non php hosted website so what am I missing? "

I forgot to comment on this. It could be that the old site "included" the external folder via a symbolic link or that the webroot was higher up than you thought. It sounds like security is better on your new server.
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Works like a charm and security is intact, thanks!
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