I'm using Pressflow 6.38 and I'm trying to implement SA-CORE-2013-003 - Drupal core - Multiple vulnerabilities | Drupal.org inside of /etc/httpd/conf.d/pressflow.conf configuration file, like following:

<DirectoryMatch "^/(tmp|var/www/html/current/files)">
    # Turn off all options we don't need.
    Options None
    Options +FollowSymLinks

    # Set the catch-all handler to prevent scripts from being executed.
    SetHandler Drupal_Security_Do_Not_Remove_See_SA_2006_006
    <Files *>
        # Override the handler again if we're run later in the evaluation list.
        SetHandler Drupal_Security_Do_Not_Remove_See_SA_2013_003

    # If we know how to do it safely, disable the PHP engine entirely.
    <IfModule mod_php5.c>
        php_flag engine off

however still getting following message in Status Report page:

Files directory Not fully protected

See http://drupal.org/SA-CORE-2013-003 for information about the recommended .htaccess file which should be added to the files directory to help protect against arbitrary code execution.

My environment:

# cat /etc/redhat-release 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.8 (Santiago)
# rpm -q httpd php
  • Why are you doing this in /etc/httpd/conf.d/pressflow.conf? I don't know if that is the cause of your issue, but the instructions clearly say you should add a .htaccess file inside the files dir. Jan 18, 2017 at 22:57
  • @marcvangend, I can do .htaccess inside of files directory, but /tmp, gets wiped out, so placing .htaccess inside of /tmp won't work for me...
    – alexus
    Jan 18, 2017 at 23:00
  • I see. Maybe it's possible to choose another directory for temporary storage, one that does not get wiped out? Any dir (eg. /var/drupal-tmp) will do as long as it's writable by apache and you configured the correct tmp path in Drupal. Jan 18, 2017 at 23:25

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quote from SA-CORE-2013-003 - Drupal core - Multiple vulnerabilities | Drupal.org:

Additionally, the .htaccess of the temporary files directory and private files directory (if used) should include this command:

Deny from all

instead of using .htaccess inside of /tmp directory (which can be wiped), I placed following rule inside of my pressflow.conf:

<Directory "/tmp">
    Deny from all
  • Please provide a full answer to the question including some descriptions. Just code is not really an answer. Where did you place these files? Is it still in /etc/httpd/conf.d/pressflow.conf? Did you change tmp dir? Feb 1, 2017 at 23:23
  • This now answers the question. Thanks for editing :) Feb 5, 2017 at 16:27

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