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Request #37745 Include exec_dir patch in PHP distribution
Submitted: 2006-06-08 13:28 UTC Modified: 2017-07-25 00:26 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:15 of 15 (100.0%)
Same Version:7 (46.7%)
Same OS:6 (40.0%)
From: phpbugs at aa-works dot de Assigned:
Status: Wont fix Package: Program Execution
PHP Version: 5.1.4 OS: n/a
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2006-06-08 13:28 UTC] phpbugs at aa-works dot de
PHP allows to be configured to only execute programs (with exec() type of functions) which are contained in a certain directory while running in safe mode.
There is no such configuration option for PHP not running in safe mode in the main PHP distribution but a patch to add that feature exists:

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Expected result:
exec_dir configuration directive being available

Actual result:
it isn't yet


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 [2012-04-20 12:54 UTC] php at cabillot dot eu
To the php team : what do you think about this feature ?

Now that safe_mode is disabled, how hosting companies can protect consumers from 
themselves ?
 [2016-12-30 23:47 UTC]
-Package: Feature/Change Request +Package: Program Execution
 [2017-07-25 00:26 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Wont fix
 [2017-07-25 00:26 UTC]
We don't have safe_mode anymore.
 [2017-07-25 05:46 UTC] spam2 at rhsoft dot net
by list exec() and friends in disabled_functions like everybody qualified to host customers did the last 15 years - allowing whatever binary outside php to get called while talking about folder restrictions is naive - once that thing is started it can call exec() itself and is no longer bound to any php restrictions and that is why safe_mode was dumb from the begin especially that it enforced files to be write able by the Webserver 

others have a chrooted httpd instance per customer on a different port than 80 and a common reverse proxy in front and these days you have containers and virtualization too
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