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'''BackupPC''' is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Unix, Linux, WinXX, and MacOSX PCs, desktops and laptops to a server's disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.
==Overview==
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BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Unix, Linux, WinXX, and MacOSX PCs, desktops and laptops to a server's disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.
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Given the ever decreasing cost of disks and raid systems, it is now practical and cost effective to backup a large number of machines onto a server's local disk or network storage. For some sites this might be the complete backup solution. For other sites additional permanent archives could be created by periodically backing up the server to tape.
 
Given the ever decreasing cost of disks and raid systems, it is now practical and cost effective to backup a large number of machines onto a server's local disk or network storage. For some sites this might be the complete backup solution. For other sites additional permanent archives could be created by periodically backing up the server to tape.
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==Installation==
 
==Installation==
  
===Create the the backuppc user===
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BackupPC is part of the official repos. You can simply install it with pacman:
BackupPC should run under the backuppc user. To add the user run:
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  # pacman -S backuppc
  useradd backuppc
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===Install the package===
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=== Additional Packages ===
Use pacman to install the package.
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Install rsync & perl-file-rsyncp if you want to use [[rsync]] as a transport
pacman -S BackupPC
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===Edit the config file===
 
nano /etc/BackupPC/config.pl
 
 
==Running BackupPC==
 
 
===Start BackupPC===
 
===Start BackupPC===
/etc/rc.d/backuppc start
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To manually start BackupPC issue this command.
 
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  # systemctl start backuppc
===Stop BackupPC===
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  /etc/rc.d/backuppc stop
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===Make BackupPC run at startup===
 
===Make BackupPC run at startup===
Edit /etc/rc.conf and change the DAEMONS line.
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To make BackupPC load at startup:
  nano /etc/rc.conf
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# systemctl enable backuppc
  DAEMONS=(... backuppc ...)
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==Apache Configuration==
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BackupPC has a web interface that allows you to easily control it. You can access it using Apache and mod_perl but other webservers like lighttpd works too.
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===Install Apache and mod_perl===
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# pacman -S apache mod_perl
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===Edit Apache configuration===
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Edit the Apache configuration file...
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# nano -w /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
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...to load mod_perl, tell Apache to run as user backuppc and to include /etc/httpd/conf/extra/backuppc.conf
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LoadModule perl_module modules/mod_perl.so
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User backuppc
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Group backuppc
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Include conf/extra/backuppc.conf
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Edit /etc/backuppc/config.pl. Set administrator name
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$Conf{CgiAdminUsers} = 'admin';
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Next, we need to add a users file and set the admin password:
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# htpasswd -c /etc/backuppc/backuppc.users admin
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{{Note|The BackupPC-Webfrontend is initially configured, that you can only access it from the localhost. If you want to access it from all machines in your network, you have to edit /etc/httpd/conf/extra/backuppc.conf:}}
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  # nano -w /etc/httpd/conf/extra/backuppc.conf
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Edit the line
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  allow from 127.0.0.1
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to
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allow from 127.0.0.1 192.168.0
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where you have to replace 192.168.0 to your corresponding IP-Adresses you want to gain access from.
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===Starting BackupPC and Apache manually===
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# systemctl start backuppc
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# systemctl start httpd
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===Starting both on boot===
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# systemctl enable backuppc
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# systemctl enable apache
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==Alternative lighttpd Configuration==
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/etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf
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server.port            = 81
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server.username        = "backuppc"
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server.groupname        = "backuppc"
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server.document-root    = "/srv/http"
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server.errorlog        = "/var/log/lighttpd/error.log"
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dir-listing.activate    = "enable"
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index-file.names        = ( "index.html", "index.php", "index.cgi" )
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mimetype.assign        = ( ".html" => "text/html", ".txt" => "text/plain", ".jpg" => "image/jpeg", ".png" => "image/png", "" => "application/octet-stream" )
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server.modules = ("mod_alias", "mod_cgi", "mod_auth", "mod_access" )
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alias.url              = ( "/BackupPC_Admin" => "/usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin" )
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alias.url              += ( "/backuppc" => "/usr/share/backuppc/html" )
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cgi.assign              += ( ".cgi" => "/usr/bin/perl" )
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cgi.assign              += ( "BackupPC_Admin" => "/usr/bin/perl" )
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auth.backend = "plain"
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auth.backend.plain.userfile = "/etc/lighttpd/passwd"
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auth.require = ( "/BackupPC_Admin" => ( "method" => "basic", "realm" => "BackupPC", "require" => "user=admin" ) )
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/etc/lighttpd/passwd
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admin:yourpasswordgoeshere
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==Accessing the admin page==
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Browse to http://localhost/BackupPC_Admin respectively http://YOUR_BACKUPPC_SERVER_IP/BackupPC_Admin
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==The webserver user and the suid problem==
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The current setup of backuppc, the webserver needs to run as backuppc user and this can be a problem on many setups where the webserver is used for other sites. In the past one could suid a perl script, but it was blocked globally due security problems several years ago. To workaround that, perl-suid was used, but again blocked due the same problem  more recently, scripts can't be run securely with suid bit. Still there is another way, this time using a simple binary program that is suid as a launcher, that will run the backuppc perl scripts already with the correct user. This isolates the perl script from the enviorment and its considered safe.
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To setup the backuppc to run on this mode you need to replace the original backuppc cgi  with the below C code compiled program and move the backuppc cgi to another place.
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Save the C code to a file named wrapper.c (please update the cgi path if needed) and compile it with:
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gcc -o BackupPC_Admin wrapper.c
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The wrapper C code:
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#include <unistd.h>
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#define REAL_PATH "/usr/share/backuppc/lib/real-BackupPC_Admin.cgi"
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int main(ac, av)
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char **av;
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{
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    execv(REAL_PATH, av);
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    return 0;
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}
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move the real cgi (/usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin) to the lib dir (/usr/share/backuppc/lib/real-BackupPC_Admin.cgi) , place the new binary BackupPC_Admin on the cgi-bin folder and chown the binary cgi to  backuppc:http and set the suid bit:
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chown backuppc:http /usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin
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chmod 4750 /usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin.
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keep your web server with its usual user and backup should now be able to run correctly
  
==Useful links==
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==Resources==
 
* [http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/index.html BackupPC Home Page]
 
* [http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/index.html BackupPC Home Page]
 
* [http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq/BackupPC.html BackupPC Documentation]
 
* [http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq/BackupPC.html BackupPC Documentation]

Revision as of 02:29, 17 April 2013

BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Unix, Linux, WinXX, and MacOSX PCs, desktops and laptops to a server's disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.

Given the ever decreasing cost of disks and raid systems, it is now practical and cost effective to backup a large number of machines onto a server's local disk or network storage. For some sites this might be the complete backup solution. For other sites additional permanent archives could be created by periodically backing up the server to tape.

Installation

BackupPC is part of the official repos. You can simply install it with pacman:

# pacman -S backuppc

Additional Packages

Install rsync & perl-file-rsyncp if you want to use rsync as a transport

Start BackupPC

To manually start BackupPC issue this command.

# systemctl start backuppc

Make BackupPC run at startup

To make BackupPC load at startup:

# systemctl enable backuppc

Apache Configuration

BackupPC has a web interface that allows you to easily control it. You can access it using Apache and mod_perl but other webservers like lighttpd works too.

Install Apache and mod_perl

# pacman -S apache mod_perl

Edit Apache configuration

Edit the Apache configuration file...

# nano -w /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

...to load mod_perl, tell Apache to run as user backuppc and to include /etc/httpd/conf/extra/backuppc.conf

LoadModule perl_module modules/mod_perl.so
User backuppc
Group backuppc
Include conf/extra/backuppc.conf

Edit /etc/backuppc/config.pl. Set administrator name

$Conf{CgiAdminUsers} = 'admin'; 

Next, we need to add a users file and set the admin password:

# htpasswd -c /etc/backuppc/backuppc.users admin
Note: The BackupPC-Webfrontend is initially configured, that you can only access it from the localhost. If you want to access it from all machines in your network, you have to edit /etc/httpd/conf/extra/backuppc.conf:
# nano -w /etc/httpd/conf/extra/backuppc.conf

Edit the line

allow from 127.0.0.1

to

allow from 127.0.0.1 192.168.0

where you have to replace 192.168.0 to your corresponding IP-Adresses you want to gain access from.

Starting BackupPC and Apache manually

# systemctl start backuppc
# systemctl start httpd

Starting both on boot

# systemctl enable backuppc
# systemctl enable apache

Alternative lighttpd Configuration

/etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf

server.port             = 81
server.username         = "backuppc"
server.groupname        = "backuppc"
server.document-root    = "/srv/http"
server.errorlog         = "/var/log/lighttpd/error.log"
dir-listing.activate    = "enable"
index-file.names        = ( "index.html", "index.php", "index.cgi" )
mimetype.assign         = ( ".html" => "text/html", ".txt" => "text/plain", ".jpg" => "image/jpeg", ".png" => "image/png", "" => "application/octet-stream" )

server.modules = ("mod_alias", "mod_cgi", "mod_auth", "mod_access" )

alias.url               = ( "/BackupPC_Admin" => "/usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin" )
alias.url               += ( "/backuppc" => "/usr/share/backuppc/html" )

cgi.assign              += ( ".cgi" => "/usr/bin/perl" )
cgi.assign              += ( "BackupPC_Admin" => "/usr/bin/perl" )

auth.backend = "plain"
auth.backend.plain.userfile = "/etc/lighttpd/passwd"
auth.require = ( "/BackupPC_Admin" => ( "method" => "basic", "realm" => "BackupPC", "require" => "user=admin" ) )

/etc/lighttpd/passwd

admin:yourpasswordgoeshere


Accessing the admin page

Browse to http://localhost/BackupPC_Admin respectively http://YOUR_BACKUPPC_SERVER_IP/BackupPC_Admin

The webserver user and the suid problem

The current setup of backuppc, the webserver needs to run as backuppc user and this can be a problem on many setups where the webserver is used for other sites. In the past one could suid a perl script, but it was blocked globally due security problems several years ago. To workaround that, perl-suid was used, but again blocked due the same problem more recently, scripts can't be run securely with suid bit. Still there is another way, this time using a simple binary program that is suid as a launcher, that will run the backuppc perl scripts already with the correct user. This isolates the perl script from the enviorment and its considered safe.

To setup the backuppc to run on this mode you need to replace the original backuppc cgi with the below C code compiled program and move the backuppc cgi to another place.

Save the C code to a file named wrapper.c (please update the cgi path if needed) and compile it with:

gcc -o BackupPC_Admin wrapper.c

The wrapper C code:

#include <unistd.h>
#define REAL_PATH "/usr/share/backuppc/lib/real-BackupPC_Admin.cgi"
int main(ac, av)
char **av;
{
   execv(REAL_PATH, av);
   return 0;
}

move the real cgi (/usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin) to the lib dir (/usr/share/backuppc/lib/real-BackupPC_Admin.cgi) , place the new binary BackupPC_Admin on the cgi-bin folder and chown the binary cgi to backuppc:http and set the suid bit:

chown backuppc:http /usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin
chmod 4750 /usr/share/backuppc/cgi-bin/BackupPC_Admin.

keep your web server with its usual user and backup should now be able to run correctly

Resources