DAve dave.list at
Fri Oct 16 19:15:06 UTC 2009

Paul Schmehl wrote:
> --On Friday, October 16, 2009 11:27:12 -0500 Modulok <modulok at> 
> wrote:
>> On 10/15/09, Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at> wrote:
>>> I manage a couple of FreeBSD servers for a friend.  He's gotten all
>>> excited about content management and thinks that's the way to go.  The
>>> system he's familiar with is Windows only.  I've done a little research,
>>> but I'm wondering if anyone reading the list has experience with a 
>>> CMS on
>>> FreeBSD - one that's in ports preferably.
>>> Pros?  Cons?  Any known security issues?
>> If it's your server and you're the guy, (or your friends) needing
>> "content management" abilities... a simple SSH connection cannot be
>> beat. But maybe that's not what you had in mind :p
> Yeah....I'm not the content guy.  I'm the server admin.  I'm also not 
> the ower. The owner likes CMS products since he's now using one, and 
> wants to install the one he uses on his server.  But the one he uses is 
> only for Windows.  Thus the question.

It is my opinion that they (CMSs) are nearly to the point it will take a 
quadcore CPU and 4GB or memory to serve a single html page containing 
the words "Hello World". Code light, they are not.

My experience with CMS such as Joomla, SurgarCRM, etc is that they are 
to crackers as a lone lightbulb in the forest is to bugs.

- Keep them up to date.

- Subscribe to, and be attentive to, their security mailings.

- If you do not use a feature/module, remove it.

- Do not under any circumstances install PhpMyAdmin. My logs show if a 
IP gets a hit on a CMS page, they immediately search for PhpMyAdmin 
next. If you must install it, install it on another machine or under a 
different domain. Then turn access on and off at the SQL server when needed.

We have a few CMSs that I could not talk Sales out of, two have had 
problems. One was moved to it's on VPS because of issues.

Best of luck.


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