[wp-hackers] Does WordPress do automatic updates as the user that owns the files?

Harry Metcalfe harry at dxw.com
Mon Aug 20 17:30:42 UTC 2012

I'm confused. The codex says:
> When you tell WordPress to perform an automatic update, all file 
> operations are performed as the user that owns the files, not as the 
> web server's user

I'm pretty confident that this is not the case for us, and I don't see 
how it can be the case for anyone without somehow allowing the web user 
to impersonate a shell user, which would surely not be sensible at all.

Is this just wrong? Or have I misread it? Or is something clever going 
on that I've failed to notice?


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