Permissions Oddities

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Hey all,
I'm developing a system that needs to read and write files in a subfolder.
Fread(), fwrite() and move_uploaded_file() are the commands most commonly
used. My problem is that files will only be accessed if I chmod the
subfolder to 777. No safer level of security works, unless I chown folder
and set its ownership to nobody (the Apache user).

I'm developing the system for people to use without access to a shell, and
they may have Apache running with a user other than 'nobody'. Is it safe to
leave the folder with 777 (it contains PHP scripts), or is there another


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