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Why you should use spawn-fcgi instead of something else

  • Privilege separation without needing a suid-binary or running a server as root.
  • Protect (unix) socket - only the webserver can connect to your backend (especially php can be vulnerable if untrusted users can connect)
  • You can restart your web server and the FastCGI applications without restarting the others.
  • You can run them in different chroot()s.
  • Running your FastCGI applications doesn’t depend on the web server you are running, which allows for easier testing of/migration to other web servers.
  • Actually you don't need spawn-fcgi if you have systemd - see systemd



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