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    Security concerns on starting a file host

    Hey guys..... I've been thinking of starting a file hosting site like www.megaupload.com, www.zupload.com etc.... I see these sites pretty much allow any file type... I was wondering if I were to start one what should I be worrying about security wise?

    Thanks guys for any input!

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    I would drop this idea like a dirty diaper. The legal ramifications alone are enough to make me squirm.

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    Actually, the legal ramifications are something to be concerned about but aren't that big. You just need a well written TOS (Terms of Service).

    Pretty much though you'd want a server setup that would scan uploaded files for viruses and such.
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    Pretty much though you'd want a server setup that would scan uploaded files for viruses and such.
    Yeah.. I thought of that; but what about security issues of people uploading PHP, perl files & any other format that may pose problems?

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    Well, I don't see how that could really be a problem. But you could probably have the folders that contain user data setup so they can't execute PHP, Perl, CGI, etc.

    But it depends on how the service was setup.
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    Ahh yeah..... that's what I was thinking also; probably the best idea.

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    Were you planning to actually like look at what people uploaded to see if it was legal, etc.?
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    Hmmm...... haven't really gone that far into thinking about it yet; I assume it would be pretty hard to look at every file.

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    Well, you could probably setup some sort of automated system but regardless I'd recommend against it. Because the problem is that once you do it once, you are obligated to, so it'd probably better legal ground to not check what people have uploaded at all. You of course can put in your TOS that illegal material can be removed without warning to the user, etc. though.
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    Yep.. good idea that; thanks for the tips!

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    Actually you are liable wether you know about it or not. I forgot the casename, but I'll try to find it and post it later.

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    dont allow .exe and .bat ect.. file because of viruses trojans and that stuff.


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