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[Answered] Running Python from Php - Alternative for shell_exec()?

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#1 rodbm



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 06:32 PM

Hey there everyone,


I have good knowledge of python but I'm still learning Php (well to be honest I started learning it for this purpose).

I have a Python script in /cgi-bin and it works fine when I go to mydomain.heliohost.org/cgi-bin/script.py. What I want to do is make it so that it starts from a Php file outside of /cgi-bin.


I tried shell_exec() but I'm getting the "Warning: shell_exec() has been disabled for security reasons..." message. I know this function can be used for malicious purposes and that's why it's blocked.

I tried some other functions but nothing seems to work or I'm doing it wrong.


Question: Can this be done without the use of shell_exec() by any chance?


I know there are some duplicate topics of this subject, but as I said I tried a few solutions posted on them and these didn't work.


Thanks for your attention!

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:14 PM

Assuming the python can be run in a browser by calling it’s URL and it producing browser-compatible output (I.e. http headers, etc.), call it via file_get_contents() using its full public URL. The function will call the script and return the output for further use.

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#3 rodbm



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:24 PM

Thank you wolstech.
I tried that before and I still can't get this function to work. The py file I'm using is as follows:


print("Content-Type: text/html\n\n")
print("Heliohost rules!")



And the php I'm trying to make it to work is as follows:

$grab = file_get_contents("http://mydomain.heli...cgi-bin/test.py");
echo $grab;


I get the message:

Warning: file_get_contents(http://mydomain.heli...cgi-bin/test.py): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized in ../test.php on line 3


I with the dir path instead of the url but it just returns the full code in plain text.

Am I doing something wrong?

#4 rodbm



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:43 PM

Edit: I fogot I had the directory privacy up for that url.


It works perfectly now, thanks!

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