google verification file, race condition

jimlongo

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Hi, I'm trying to verify a new site in google webmaster tools.
The verification file keeps returning a 404.

I found this in the Apache error logs whenever I try to access the file directly or verify the ownership.

[Wed Apr 09 12:04:07.077406 2014] [core:error] [pid 26528] [client 66.xx.xx.xx:48123] Caught race condition abuser. attacker: 513, victim: 0 open file owner: 0, open file: /home/ntt/public_html/googlebaxxxxxxxxxxx.html
 

Infopro

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The same error can be found mentioned here in the cPanel Docs:
Symlink Race Condition Protection - cPanel Documentation

Finally, a warning is written to error_log that will resemble the following:
[Tue Mar 19 18:08:31 2013] [error] [client 192.168.0.1] Caught race condition abuser. attacker: 529, victim: 0 open file owner: 0, open file: /home/foo/public_html/link_to_root_owned_file.txt
 

jimlongo

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The cause was the verification file was owned by root.
Changed ownership to the account name and it was okay.

thanks.