3.5 Ensure the Group Is Set Correctly on Apache Directories and Files


The Apache directories and files should be set to have a group Id of root, (or a root equivalent) group. This applies to all of the Apache software directories and files installed. The only expected exception is that the Apache web document root ($APACHE_PREFIX/htdocs) is likely to need a designated group to allow web content to be updated (such as webupdate) through a change management process.


Securing Apache files and directories will reduce the probability of unauthorized modifications to those resources.


Perform the following:

Set ownership on the $APACHE_PREFIX directories such as /usr/local/apache2:

$ chgrp -R root $APACHE_PREFIX

Default Value:

Default ownership and group is a mixture of the user:group that built the software and root:root.

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