php 8.1 Mac 11.6.6 move_uploaded_file "failed to open stream: Permission denied" error


I’m trying to asynchronously upload a file to a PHP website.

The PHP code reponsible for the upload is:

ini_set ('error_reporting', E_ALL); 
ini_set ('display_errors', 1); 
ini_set ('display_startup_errors', 1);

echo 'username = ' . `whoami`."\n";


$str_name = $_FILES['file']['name'];
echo '$str_name = '.$str_name."\n";

$str_tmp = $_FILES['file']['tmp_name'];
echo '$str_tmp = '.$str_tmp."\n";

$str_tmpdir = substr($_FILES['file']['tmp_name'], 0, strrpos($_FILES['file']['tmp_name'], '/'));
echo '$str_tmpdir = '.$str_tmpdir."\n\n";

echo 'is_dir($str_tmpdir) = '.(is_dir($str_tmpdir) ? 'true' : 'false')."\n\n"; 

echo 'is_writable($str_tmp) = '.(is_writable($str_tmp) ? 'true' : 'false')."\n\n";

echo 'ini_get("file_uploads") = '.ini_get('file_uploads')."\n\n";

$location = "/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/img/".$str_name;

echo "\n".'move_uploaded_file("'.$_FILES['file']['tmp_name'].'", "'.$location.'")) = '.(move_uploaded_file($_FILES['file']['tmp_name'], $location) ? 'Success' : 'Failure'); 

and returns the following output:

username = _www

array(1) {
  array(6) {
    string(17) "DantesInferno.jpg"
    string(17) "DantesInferno.jpg"
    string(10) "image/jpeg"
    string(67) "/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/tmp_file_upload/phpRDWjOh"
$str_name = DantesInferno.jpg
$str_tmp = /Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/tmp_file_upload/phpRDWjOh
$str_tmpdir = /Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/tmp_file_upload

is_dir($str_tmpdir) = true

is_writable($str_tmp) = true

ini_get("file_uploads") = 1

<br />
<b>Warning</b>:  move_uploaded_file(/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/img/DantesInferno.jpg): Failed to open stream: Permission denied in <b>/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/php/upload.php</b> on line <b>28</b><br />
<br />
<b>Warning</b>:  move_uploaded_file(): Unable to move &quot;/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/tmp_file_upload/phpRDWjOh&quot; to &quot;/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/img/DantesInferno.jpg&quot; in <b>/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/php/upload.php</b> on line <b>28</b><br />

move_uploaded_file("/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/tmp_file_upload/phpRDWjOh", "/Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/img/DantesInferno.jpg")) = Failure

This PHP is called by the following javascript:

async function uploadFile() 
    let formData = new FormData(); 
    formData.append("file", fileupload.files[0]);
    await fetch('../php/upload.php', 
        method: "POST", 
        body: formData
    alert('The file has been uploaded successfully.');

The output above tells me that /Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/tmp_file_upload is writable, and its owner and permissions are:

drwxrwxr-x 2 _www wheel 64 Jun 10 10:35 tmp_file_upload/

Other people seem to have corrected by setting the directory permissions to 0777 but seems like I would be opening myself to security issues, and I’ve tried it and it had no effect.

I’m at an utter loss as to what the problem is/might be and any help would be appreciated!


The owner of the destination folder, /Library/WebServer/Documents/pjamesnorris/img/ has to be _www as well!

Answered By – James Norris

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