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Re: Run arbitrary UNIX commands on webserver without telnet

by chip (Curate)
on Nov 13, 2001 at 10:36 UTC ( #125009=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Run arbitrary UNIX commands on webserver without telnet

And the reason why a sane person would install this script is ... ?

    -- Chip Salzenberg, Free-Floating Agent of Chaos


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Re(2): Run arbitrary UNIX commands on webserver without telnet
by dmmiller2k (Chaplain) on Nov 13, 2001 at 18:44 UTC

    Not install, per se, but copy to an htaccess-protected directory, use it and remove it.

    Occasionally, I need perl modules built which the ISP cannot or will not install into the system-wide perl directory; with this I could PERL5LIB={local lib directory} perl Makefile.PL LIB={local lib directory}; make; make test; make install to install into a local lib directory of a site I am working on.

    Some canned scripts (I admit it, I sometimes use them) require a variable set to the absolute path of some directory they need; running a simple pwd gives me the prefix of the chroot'ed site.

    You cannot always spec out an ISP that permits telnet access; sometimes, while building a rep with clients, you have to work with what they've got. THEN, when they trust you enough to follow your advice, move them to another ISP

    dmm

      I would recommend firing a consultant who specced out an ISP with telnet access.

      Shell access? Perfectly reasonable using ssh.

      But telnet access?

      OK, installed temporarily with .htaccess protection, I might consider not sacking someone who used the script in question. Maybe.

          -- Chip Salzenberg, Free-Floating Agent of Chaos

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