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XF 1.5 Security Alert from My Hosting Service

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Problems' started by Matthew Hutchinson, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. I just received a security alert from my hosting service. It says the 'internal_data' and 'data' directories had insecure permissions (777), which have been remediated. When I logged into my FTP account and checked the folders, I found they had been reset to 755.

    The XF installation guide says both of those directories must be set at 0777. I just talked to a support rep for my hosting service who told me 777 is generally not safe, and that I will likely receive additional security alerts if I keep those permissions.

    What should I do?
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The specific requirement varies based on how your hosting works. 0777 is just a value that works more generally. I assume that if they're preventing 0777, that they have a setup that allows the web server/PHP user to write in those directories, so it should be fine. You can test by uploading an attachment to a thread or changing your avatar.
  3. So I should be ok with 755?
  4. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Provided the functions I mentioned work as expected, yes.
  5. Just tested both functions with permissions set on 755, and they worked. Thanks!

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