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A mate has a basic VPS running debian, and as far as i can tell hes running HTTPD as root.
In fact, he says he does most things as root, which is a habit that needs to be broken for obvious reasons.
Heres the output from webmin of the running services. Im average at linux, used to gui and only know fedora command line, so lost when it comes to debian.
Now HTTPD is running out of /home/user/ which is actually owned by root. So somehow, i want to change the owner (chown?) of /home/user/ to user, and then run HTTPD under that username, or whatever is the best method. Unfortunately i have no idea how.
What else shouldn't be running as root? What other basic security like denyhosts would be suggested?
Thanks in advance.
You HTTPD is not running as root, Webmin is running as root and its normal, in rest seems everything ok, maybe create a user "apache" or "httpd" and change in the configuration of apache from daemon to "apache" or "httpd"
I also need to add mysql & ftp to it, i assume i copy a line and add 3306?
@robertjinx: Thanks for clarification, i wasn't sure and he said he'd simply setup and used everything in root, and when i saw "29947 root /usr/local/apache2/bin/httpd", i assumed one of the virtual servers or something was running as root.
Last edited by stephen_wq; 03-27-2009 at 04:15 AM.