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    LAMP secure?

    Hi guys!

    I downloaded a LAMP and then couldn't save a file in it's server documents folder; I got a permission denied error.

    I then did a scan with my security program and it found a virus! I thought I got rid of it, but still couln't save to the server's documents folder. However, I also went to a 'suspicous' site but am not sure if that did it.

    Thanks for any help here!

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    Re: LAMP secure?

    Which directory are you trying to save a file to? The server install doesn't have a /home/$USER/Documents directory.

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    Re: LAMP secure?

    Sorry for saying documents...the directory was home/var/www.

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    Re: LAMP secure?

    Huh? By default you shouldn't have write access to anything outside of your home directory.

    If you have the document root for Apache set for /home/var/www, when you'd either have you add yourself to the www-data group, or mess with permissions.
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    Re: LAMP secure?

    Hi

    Usually, you cannot write to any directory outside of you home directory.

    This is by design and is part of Ubuntu's security model.

    This is why you cannot write to /var/www

    You can only create, move, rename, delete and edit files outside of your home directory by gaining elevated privileges. This requires the use of sudo and gksudo.

    Read these documents.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FilePermissions

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/graphicalsudo

    Now you've read those documents to move files into /var/www, open a terminal and type

    Code:
    gksudo nautilus
    Enter your password. You can now copy files into /var/www, When you have finished close nautilus.

    You can also press ALT + F2 and type

    Code:
    gksudo nautilus
    to do the same thing.

    This assumes you are using Ubuntu and not xubuntu or lubuntu.

    Read up on file permissions and privileges. They are central to how Ubuntu's filing system works.

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    Last edited by matt_symes; April 22nd, 2013 at 04:04 AM.
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