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using symbolic link to deal with virus issue

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Joined: 20 Feb 2013
Posts: 16
Location: cottonwood, az

PostPosted: Sun 28 Oct '18 23:05    Post subject: using symbolic link to deal with virus issue Reply with quote

hello -

i would like to temporarily "protect" my index.php file from being changed by malware.

so, i am thinking the best way to do this would be to do the following:

1) move index.php file from the apache www directory to root directory
2) change the ownership to root
3) chmod to 444
4) create a symbolic link to the index.php file in the apache www directory.

unfortunately, i get back an error:
You don't have permission to access / on this server.

is there a way i can protect my index.php file using a method similar to what i just described?
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James Blond

Joined: 19 Jan 2006
Posts: 6628
Location: Germany, Next to Hamburg

PostPosted: Mon 29 Oct '18 10:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

For that you can use bindfs. The "better-user" can edit the files, while apache can't.


/var/www /var/better-user-www/www/   fuse.bindfs  force-user=better-user,perms=g+rw,create-for-user=better-user,nosuid,nodev

However to your initial question: do you allow in the "Option" FollowSymlinks ?
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