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Script to Fix cPanel Account Permissions

Last modified: June 28, 2022
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This is a simple bash script to fix the permissions and ownership of files within a cpanel account. To use, simply copy the script your server, chmod 755, and pass the usernames as arguments:

./fixperms user1 user2 user3

You can also run a server-wide loop like this:

for i in `ls -A /var/cpanel/users` ; do ./fixperms $i ; done

Below is the script:

# Script to fix permissions of accounts

if [ "$#" -lt "1" ];then
  echo "Must specify user"


for user in $USER

  HOMEDIR=$(egrep "^${user}:" /etc/passwd | cut -d: -f6)

  if [ ! -f /var/cpanel/users/$user ]; then
    echo "$user user file missing, likely an invalid user"
  elif [ "$HOMEDIR" == "" ];then
    echo "Couldn't determine home directory for $user"
    echo "Setting ownership for user $user"
    chown -R $user:$user $HOMEDIR
    chmod 711 $HOMEDIR
    chown $user:nobody $HOMEDIR/public_html $HOMEDIR/.htpasswds
    chown $user:mail $HOMEDIR/etc $HOMEDIR/etc/*/shadow $HOMEDIR/etc/*/passwd

    echo "Setting permissions for user $USER"

    find $HOMEDIR -type f -exec chmod 644 {} ; -print
    find $HOMEDIR -type d -exec chmod 755 {} ; -print
    find $HOMEDIR -type d -name cgi-bin -exec chmod 755 {} ; -print
    find $HOMEDIR -type f ( -name "*.pl" -o -name "*.perl" ) -exec chmod 755 {} ; -print


chmod 750 $HOMEDIR/public_html

if [ -d "$HOMEDIR/.cagefs" ]; then
  chmod 775 $HOMEDIR/.cagefs
  chmod 700 $HOMEDIR/.cagefs/tmp
  chmod 700 $HOMEDIR/.cagefs/var
  chmod 777 $HOMEDIR/.cagefs/cache
  chmod 777 $HOMEDIR/.cagefs/run
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