[Mediawiki-l] LocalSettings.php - Security for MW on SourceForge

gregwk gregwk at vt.edu
Mon Dec 20 21:49:29 UTC 2004

I set up a MediaWiki on SourceForge.
It seems that anyone with an account on SourceForge has read access to my 
LocalSettings.php file, which contains my database password.

>From what I have read on the web, it seems that some people have successfully 
able to change the permissions of LocalSettings.php to 600. However, when I 
try this I 
get the following warning and error when I try to visit my site.

Warning: main(./LocalSettings.php): failed to open stream: Permission denied 
in /home/
groups/t/ta/takocompiler/htdocs/wikitako/index.php on line 19

Fatal error: main(): Failed opening required './LocalSettings.php' 
local/share/pear') in /home/groups/t/ta/takocompiler/htdocs/wikitako/index.php 
on line 

I am using MediaWiki 1.3.9. Any suggestions on how to prevent people from 
reading my 
database password?

Greg Kulczycki

More information about the MediaWiki-l mailing list