What does CGI or CGI-BIN mean on a website?
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    Post What does CGI or CGI-BIN mean on a website?

    Hey everyone:

    What does CGI or CGI-BIN mean on a website? And how do hackers penetrate this /cgi-bin/ thing?

    PS::not sure but some ppl told me that CGI means Common Gateway Interface or something like that.

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    CGI stands for common gateway interface, it is a script that you can run a webserver to do certain things. Because these scripts need to be executed, they are done, but in a scripts folder (cgi-bin). The reason people talk about this folder, is because there are many times that there are passwords in those scripts, for example to connect to a database, a script may contain a username and password. So now, you can see the importance of keeping the cgi-bin secure.



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