Should you modify the PHP configuration and disable commonly abused PHP functions?

Klaus Warzecha

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Hi everyone, after installed my hosting control panel, I was recommended to disable PHP functions

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disable_functions = show_source, allow_url_fopen, parse_ini_file, open_base, symlink, phpinfo, apache_child_terminate, apache_setenv, define_syslog_variables, escapeshellarg, escapeshellcmd, eval, exec, fp, fput, ftp_connect, ftp_exec, ftp_get, ftp_login, ftp_nb_fput, ftp_put, ftp_raw, ftp_rawlist, highlight_file, ini_alter, ini_get_all, ini_restore, inject_code, mysql_pconnect, openlog, passthru, php_uname, phpAds_remoteInfo, phpAds_XmlRpc, phpAds_xmlrpcDecode, phpAds_xmlrpcEncode, popen, posix_getpwuid, posix_kill, posix_mkfifo, posix_setpgid, posix_setsid, posix_setuid, posix_setuid, posix_uname, proc_close, proc_get_status, proc_nice, proc_open, proc_terminate, shell_exec, syslog, system, xmlrpc_entity_decode
Should I modify the PHP configuration and disable commonly abused PHP functions above? they are commands should be closed from server to avoid hackers exploit your website?

Any suggestions?
 

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1 year ago, I was use this method to disable some function but later I found that most of popular software required this command and create issue so I no longer block this because of latest PHP software is more secure and we no longer use some old software.

For example, allow_url_fopen is used by common software so disabling this will affect script and it will not run properly.
 

David Beroff

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1 year ago, I was use this method to disable some function but later I found that most of popular software required this command and create issue so I no longer block this because of latest PHP software is more secure and we no longer use some old software.

For example, allow_url_fopen is used by common software so disabling this will affect script and it will not run properly.
Moreover that many companies are using APIs and by disabling such php functions it won't work.
I agree with Dewlance and isix, to secure your server, it is not only depending on disabling or enabling those functions, it depends on how you will configure your website cms and your hosting server.
 

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Since php.ini files can be nested, you can disable globally and then add a php.ini in the folders that require those functions.

Yes, it's a pain in the neck, but so is an infected website. It's like disabling PHP in a /wp-content/uploads folders on WordPress sites. In the majority of cases, PHP code never needs to run in that folder. But frequently we find malicious code uploaded there. So why not disable it?

It's another layer in the "Defense in Depth" strategy.
 
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