I set permissions 777 to /www/sites/default/files folder and all subfolders. I did this because Drupal 7 would not let me save content. Drupal said me: The specified file temporary: //filetXbwF7 could not be copied, because the destination directory is not configured correctly.

Originally, these folders have the permission 755. But that did not work.

What risks are there to set permissions 777?

Thanks in advance!

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Some things you should check:

  • Check if the owner of the sites/default/files is the proper user and groups. The user and group usually is www-data, but it depends on your webserver.
  • Since you mention temporary folder, you should check if the temporary directory at admin/config/media/file-system section of administrator interface is configured properly.

What risks are there to set permissions 777?

It is a very very bad practice. There are tons of materials on the net you can look at, but long story short: Setting the permission to 777 means that anyone can write and execute anything in that folder, including malicious codes.

  • 1
    There is a very nice bit of documentation on this on Drupal.org Securing file permissions and ownership Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 10:39
  • @Cerilla, suppose the owner www-data is not proper on my server. So how do I know which is the right owner? Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 1:09
  • @Cerilla, the field temporary directory (admin/config/media/file-system) says: /tmp. But in Filezilla I do not see the tmp folder! Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 1:20

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