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Disable Nobody

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cjmwebdesigns, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. cjmwebdesigns

    cjmwebdesigns Well-Known Member

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    Hey Everyone,

    I am about 99.5% sure that disabling this setting is a good idea.
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    Prevent the user 'nobody' from sending out mail to remote addresses
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    I currently have this check marked and anything that appears to send out mail as nobody is rejected.

    The reason I ask is I have a few customers now with all sorts of issues. I recently migrated to a new server and with this setting checked none of their automated scripts and such appear to go through. I have a couple for on-line shopping carts (2 fixed with SMTPAUTH) installed to them, however one user is using PHPNuke Royal E-Solution 1.5 and I cannot find a place to set SMTPAUTH.

    Basically my question is this, by disabling the user nobody, I have done a good thing, yes?
     
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    Disabling the nobody use will stop any PHP scripts sending out email without authentication. Which is good in so far as avoiding spamming issues. The laternative is to use phpsuexec so that PHP scripts are run under the users account name instead of the httpd default of nobody. Read on the forums about implications, though.
     
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    Thanks, I will look into this some more from the forums. I know that suexec is currently enabled on my server, so your saying that the user scripts should go out with the username?

    Additionlly, where in the header do I see it going out as the username? I would like to verify if I go this route.

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    suexec is just for perl CGI scripts and indeed those will send under the accounts username. PHP scripts will not, by default, there's an additional option when recompiling apache/php to enable phpsuexec support to provide the same feature for PHP scripts.
     
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    Ah, OK. I will start looking.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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