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PHPsuexec - What You Need To Know

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PHPsuexec works in much the same way that CGI (perl scripts etc) with suexec does. All PHP scripts will be run under your account user name UID/GID, rather than the user running the web server which is the case when PHP is run as an apache module.

This simply means that rules that apply to .cgi & .pl files on your current server, now also apply to PHP files. The maximum permissions permitted on directories and .PHP files are 755. Failing to have permissions set to a MAXIMUM of 755 on PHP files and their installation paths will result in a 500 internal server error, when attempting to execute them.

What if a script needs 777 for directories or files!

This is no longer required. You do not need to have directories or files set to 777, even if your installation documents tell you that you do. Permissions of 755 will work in the same way. Scripts owned by your account user will be able to write to your files in the same way that they can running under apache with 777 permissions.

If you have PHP applications/scripts that have directories set to 777, (required to write to them under PHP/apache module), they will need to be changed to 755. Also you will need to change ownerships of all files owned by user "nobody" to the username for your account.

.htaccess

You can no longer manipulate the php.ini settings with .htaccess files.

If you are using .htaccess with php_value entries within it, you will receive a 500 internal server error when attempting to access the scripts. This is because PHP is no longer running as an apache module and apache will not know how to handle those directives any longer. All PHP values should be removed from your .htaccess files to avoid this issue. Placing a php.ini file in its place will solve this issue.

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