[MediaWiki-l] Any security problems involved in letting administrators edit LocalSettings.php via a wiki page?

Jean Valjean jeanvaljean2718 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 1 23:24:01 UTC 2017

Yeah, that's already happened a few times (typo taking the site down). What
I did on another wiki farm was have one wiki in charge of the other wiki's
config files, so that if you messed up LocalSettings.php, it wouldn't take
down the wiki that was modifying it.

My goal was to have some sort of version control system in place so that as
different people are changing the files, we know who did what when, and can
revert easily to a previous version.

On Sat, Jul 1, 2017 at 7:04 PM, Brian Wolff <bawolff at gmail.com> wrote:

> Even ignoring the security issues, if one of your users makes a typo, they
> take down the site and they cannot revert because the site is then down.
> From a security prespective, this is equivalent to giving your users shell
> access to your server. They can run any arbitrary program, do anything,
> insert backdoors, etc. Additionally this setup requires the web user to
> have write access to php enabled web directories which is also bad
> practise.
> --
> bawolff
> On Saturday, July 1, 2017, Legoktm <legoktm.wikipedia at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 07/01/2017 03:16 PM, Jean Valjean wrote:
> >> I want to let some of my administrators (in the wizards group) edit
> >> LocalSettings.php, so I used this snippet, which allows them to make
> >> changes by editing the Project:Shared_config.php page. Then I protected
> the
> >> page so that only wizards can edit it. Do you think this presents any
> >> security issues?
> >
> > Yes, it presents a huge security issue. Anyone who can modify your
> > LocalSettings.php can execute arbitrary PHP code. They could see any
> > private data in your database, easily get passwords, or even potentially
> > give themselves server access.
> >
> > I would highly recommend NOT doing this.
> >
> > -- Legoktm
> >
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