I just had a confusing problem: instead of interpreting PHP-scripts in our webserver’s userdir apache serves them for download!
It’s caused by an upgrade from lenny to squeeze and I spend a lot of ours with fixing.
This is really a serious problem, these sites aren’t able to read for those people/search engines etc. that are browsing and, more fatal, if clients are able to access the PHP code of our students/staff they might explore security issues or passwords stored in these PHP files, so first of all I disabled the public access to the webserver.
So what was the problem? When I recognized that phpMyAdmin and other not userdir related stuff still works fine, I searched for issues that differ for userdirs. At long last I took a look into the
libapache2-mod-php5 config file located in
As you can see, PHP is disabled if the userdir module was enabled… Disgusting! Commenting these lines out switched PHP for users on. Very annoying!
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