[CentOS] General question about PHP

Miskell, Craig Craig.Miskell at agresearch.co.nz
Wed Sep 26 03:48:32 UTC 2007

> Hello,
> Is that possible to disable running of PHP on certain directories?
> I am running a server which provides personal homepage 
> service. However, not every user are familiar with security, 
> some may upload some PHP scripts with bugs/holes. I do not 
> want them to be executed on the server.
> I can enable the safe_mode, but I have some other PHP scripts 
> which need safe_mode to be disabled.
> Any suggestions?
Yes.  In you httpd.conf, you can include:
<Directory "/var/www/sheep/html/tmp">
        php_flag engine off

Which disables php processing for the directory /var/www/sheep/html/tmp
.  You could probably just include 
php_flag engine off
In an .htaccess in the directory in question, assuming you've set
AllowOverride to an appropriate value, and don't mind the slight
performance hit of doing it that way. 

We use the former method to protect areas where users are permitted to
upload files to (mediawiki in this case), stopping a user uploading
something malicious which would then execute in the context of the

Craig Miskell
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