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From Darryl Philip Baker <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Apache and nextcloud - insecure ? [EXT]
Date Thu, 03 Sep 2020 14:47:27 GMT
When you think about It NextCloud is running as part of the web server so in your case www-data.
You are going to want NextCloud to be able to write to the disk therefore www-data needs to
write to the disk. If you have data other than the stuff you are giving NextCloud access to
I would have a separate DocumentRoot for NextCloud. I might even have a separate instance
of Apache running in a container or a chroot environment, this would work best with a second
IP and most home users don't have the ability to do that. The other alternative would be using
an alternative port number making the NextCloud URL more complex and requiring additional
firewall rules.

Darryl Baker, GSEC  (he/him/his)
Sr. System Administrator
Distributed Application Platform Services
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On 9/3/20, 8:46 AM, "James Smith" <> wrote:

    Not sure what Nextcloud is - but this is often common amongst "black-box" web apps that
bootstrap themselves, and handle upgrades from the UI interface.

    The webserver has to be able to re-write it's own files for the upgrades.....

    Scary and against all "normal" secure procedures if you manage your site from the command

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Lentes, Bernd <> 
    Sent: 01 September 2020 12:06
    To: users Maillingsliste Apache <>
    Subject: [users@httpd] Apache and nextcloud - insecure ? [EXT]


    i'm planning to install Nextcloud on an Ubuntu 20.04 with Apache.
    But the recommendations from Nextcloud to configure Apache don't appeal to me.

    The recommendation is to change the owner of the DocumentRoot of the Nextcloud installation
to www-data, the user the apache2 process is running.
    "chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/nextcloud/"
    This is weird, isn't it ? I remember
 "Permissions on ServerRoot Directories"
    which is contradictory to that.

    2. The second recommendation is even stranger:
    "mod_env and mod_rewrite must be installed on your webserver and the .htaccess must be
writable by the HTTP user. Then you can set in the config.php two variables:"
    .htaccess writeable by the HTTP User !?! I'm no Webserver expert, but i get pain in my
stomach reading this.
    What do you think ?
    Has anyone experience in installing nextcloud ?
    Would it be a good idea to install nextcloud via snap, which seems to be more secure ?


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