[CentOS] Re: Forbidden: You don't have permission to access /phpMyAdmin/ on this server.

Herta Van den Eynde herta.vandeneynde at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 20:41:26 UTC 2008

2008/6/18 Scott Silva <ssilva at sgvwater.com>:
> on 6-18-2008 10:32 AM Herta Van den Eynde spake the following:
>> Environment:
>> - CentOS 5.1,
>> - Apache 2.2.3
>> - php 5.1.6
>> - phpMyAdmin 2.11.6
>> - MySQL 5.0.22
>> Brand new system, brand new installation of all the above products.
>> All looks well, but when I try to connect to phpMyAdmin, I get an
>> error:  "Forbidden: You don't have permission to access /phpMyAdmin/
>> on this server".
>> I'll forgo all the paths I followed trying to get this to work and cut
>> to the "solution":  I renamed the phpMyAdmin directory to pma, copied
>> all files in the pma directory to a new phpMyAdmin  (FWIIW, using 'cp
>> -pr'),  and voil�, problem vanished.  (I cannot explain why I even
>> tried that.)
>> My first idea was that maybe the copy somehow resolved some issue at
>> the directory level, but when I output an 'ls -laR' of the two
>> directories to two files, 'diff' shows both files to be identical
>> (apart from the timestamps on . and .. directories).  The pma and
>> phpMyAdmin directories reside in the same documentroot, have the same
>> ownership, and the same permissions.
>> This must be about the weirdest experience in my professional career.
>> If anyone can shed a light on this, it'd be most welcome.  I still
>> have the original (malfunctioning) directory on the system to bounce
>> ideas off if anyone has any inspiration (system will go live this
>> weekend).
>> Kind regards,
>> Herta
> Just a side note, but "pma" is one of the directories the script kiddies
> hammer on my servers regularly. You had better hide it better than that, or
> make sure it isn't accessible from the "world".
> --
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Thanks for the tip, Scott.  I'll rename it again.

Kind regards,


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