securing home directories and using public_html

Steve Strong strong.s at
Tue Apr 25 20:04:58 UTC 2006

Sorry if this has already been asked and answered, but I'm a newbie!  
Maybe there's an archive I can search...

I run a lab of fedora 5 clients and a RHEL 4.0 server (that means that 
the version of SELinux running on the server is the same as the version 
running on fedora core 3, right?) in a high school CS department.  I'm 
teaching a unit on web programming using php and mysql.  I've given 
students a world-readable public_html directory and a database, user and 
password.  All works well until I notice students copying code from each 
other's public_html directories.

Is there a way to allow httpd to access these directories and not allow 
users to get to them from their console?

thanks in advance!

Steve Strong
Math and Computer Science
Washington High School
2205 Forest Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA   52403
mailto:strong.s at

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