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Bug 453697 - ability to suexec not detected correctly causing mod_fcgid to fail
Summary: ability to suexec not detected correctly causing mod_fcgid to fail
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: httpd
Version: 13
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Joe Orton
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-07-02 02:52 UTC by Jim Radford
Modified: 2010-08-04 14:05 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-08-04 14:05:17 UTC

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set suexec_enabled correctly allowing non-root use of mod_fcgid (deleted)
2008-07-02 02:52 UTC, Jim Radford
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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Apache Bugzilla 42175 None None None Never

Description Jim Radford 2008-07-02 02:52:08 UTC
When httpd is run as a non-root user, suexec_enabled is incorrectly set because
apache doesn't notice that it cannot run the suexec binary.  This leads to
failures when running mod_fcgid which requires suexec_enabled to be set correctly.

The attached patch will only enable suexec if it can be run.

Comment 1 Jim Radford 2008-07-02 02:52:08 UTC
Created attachment 310752 [details]
set suexec_enabled correctly allowing non-root use of mod_fcgid

Comment 2 Joe Orton 2008-07-14 14:10:03 UTC
Thanks for the patch.  1.3 had a similar check IIRC but it was disabled since
there is no appropriate function in APR; I'll try to get this upstream too.

Comment 3 Jim Radford 2008-07-14 17:23:42 UTC
Thanks, I'd appreciate the help as I met with a solid Warnocking when I tried to
submit it myself.

Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 02:29:43 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.

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Comment 6 Jim Radford 2009-11-18 18:11:59 UTC
This bug just got some notice upstream for the first time.

Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2010-03-15 12:01:55 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 13 development cycle.
Changing version to '13'.

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Comment 8 Joe Orton 2010-07-27 15:53:41 UTC
The patch for this has been in Fedora for a while, are you seeing this problem with Fedora 13?

Comment 9 Jim Radford 2010-07-27 17:06:27 UTC
This patch is still needed.  Without it mod_fcgid cannot be used when apache is run by a non-root user.

Comment 10 Joe Orton 2010-07-28 08:17:53 UTC
In case that was not clear: we are already applying this patch in the Fedora httpd package, and have been doing so for several years.

My question again: can you confirm whether you are seeing the problem described with mod_fcgid with the httpd package?

Comment 11 Jim Radford 2010-07-29 05:03:58 UTC
I commented out the patch from the latest Fedora 13 SRPM and rebuilt it.  I got these errors (over and over), so the patch is definitely still needed.

[Wed Jul 28 21:57:53 2010] [notice] SIGHUP received.  Attempting to restart
[Wed Jul 28 21:57:53 2010] [emerg] mod_fcgid: current user is not root while suexec is enabled, exiting now
[Wed Jul 28 21:57:53 2010] [notice] Apache/2.2.15 (Unix) mod_fcgid/2.3.5 configured -- resuming normal operations
[Wed Jul 28 21:57:53 2010] [error] mod_fcgid: fcgid process manager died, restarting the server

Comment 12 Joe Orton 2010-07-29 08:49:17 UTC
Jim, you are answering the wrong question.  I am asking: "does the current Fedora package work?".  You are answering the question "will the current Fedora package work if the patch is removed".  So, again: can you confirm that the current Fedora package works as desired?

Comment 13 Jim Radford 2010-07-29 17:00:56 UTC
The current package works.

Comment 14 Joe Orton 2010-08-04 14:05:27 UTC
Thanks a lot!

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