Anonymous Reader writes "Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility--all of these describe LightTPD which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments.
A chroot on Linux or Unix OS is an operation that changes the root directory. It affects only the current process and its children. If your default Document Root is /home/lighttpd normal user can access files in /etc, /sbin or /bin directory. This allows an attacker to install programs / backdoor via your web server in /tmp. Almost all-cracking web based attacks/attempts requires a shell access - /bin/sh or /bin/bash and compiler collection etc.
This article describes how to setup a lighttpd in chrooted jail under Debian and Ubuntu Linux. The article also deals with related issues such as sendmail and perl+mysql installation under Lighttpd."
May 7, 2007