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CGIHTTPServer / not user 'nobody'

When I run a CGI script (Python) with Python's CGIHTTPServer, it
should run with the UID of the user 'nobody' (as the documentation
says).

But if I let the CGI script e.g. create a file, it creates the
file with the UID of the user who started the CGIHTTPServer.

Any ideas what I am doing wrong here?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Jul 18 '05 #1
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On Sat, 03 Jul 2004 21:00:20 +0200, Sullivan wrote:
When I run a CGI script (Python) with Python's CGIHTTPServer, it
should run with the UID of the user 'nobody' (as the documentation
says).

But if I let the CGI script e.g. create a file, it creates the
file with the UID of the user who started the CGIHTTPServer.

Any ideas what I am doing wrong here?


Answer to myself:

What I did wrong was not to think first resp. not to read the
source code of CGIHTTPServer; clearly, CGIHTTPServer can only
fork to run the CGI script as user 'nobody' when it is run
by 'root' and not by an arbitrary user. (If an arbitrary user
can't 'su - nobody' without knowing nobody's password, how should
CGIHTTPServer do it :-)

Sorry!

Jul 18 '05 #2

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