[Flask] User connected as an associated user on a Linux server

David Baumgold david at davidbaumgold.com
Fri Apr 21 09:41:10 EDT 2017

Have you looked at PythonAnywhere? https://www.pythonanywhere.com/ It might be exactly what you’re looking for.


On April 21, 2017 at 9:38:52 AM, Christophe BAL (via GMAIL) (projetmbc at gmail.com) wrote:

Ideally I would like to propose in a secure environment the possibility to play with merly all the functionnalities of Python. I am thinking of this as a dream because I know that a lot of problem can appear.

I would also like to use git in backend via an easy to use interface. In that case the user will not know that I use a user Linux session.


Le 21/04/2017 à 08:28, Gergely Polonkai a écrit :
Depends on what you want to do.

If you want to authenticate (ie. allow the user to log in with their system password), there are mechanisms to let you do this, although I think it’s a security risk.

If you want to let your user execute system commands through Flask, and you have only one such user, you will have to run your app as that user. If you have more than one users, you have to run your app as root, which is generally a bad idea.

All the above is true if you have only Flask in the game. Add task executors (like Celery) and you get a different (but not much different) answer.

If you could tell us your base problem (ie. why do you need this?), maybe the community can come up with some alternatives.


On Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 23:17 Christophe BAL (via GMAIL) <projetmbc at gmail.com> wrote:

I hope that my message will not produce to much noise.

Here is my question.  

Is there an easy way with flask to connect a "web user" as a Linux user on the server where the flask app is hosted ?

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