My Problem: I have been tasked with re-implementing a software key generator routine on an external web server running cPanel v.126.96.36.199. Currently, the key generator is implemented using a proprietary Database Management System (DBMS) which we run on a local server.
We want to relegate the key generator functionality to an external web server so that we can use our local server some something entirely different. So essentially, I have the algorithm written in a proprietary language, and I need to choose a cPanel supported environment on our external webserver to re-implement the algorithm in such a way that it can be called by the client's browser, updating a database, without the client being able to download the subroutine and view the code.
Our cPanel Hosting Package Offers Support For:
- MySQL Databases
- Ruby on Rails
- Ruby Gems
My Research Shows:
I can create a Perl script and execute it as (or through) a CGI file. My (unsure) Idea for Implementation:
- Implement the database back-end using MySQL Implement the keygen subroutine and database update subroutine using a custom Perl module(s)
- Make the Perl module readable/executable by the web server, but hidden from everyone else
- Use a CGI script as an interface between the client browser and the keygen Perl module
What I would really appreciate is someone with some expertise on this kind of arrangement to tell me:
- If what I am thinking is possible (i.e. am I on the right track)
- If there are any errors in my logic
- If there is a better way to do this
- What permissions I should use to make the script non-hackable
This would be much easier (because there would be a lot more options) if we were using a Virtual Private Server (VPS) as our webserver, but we are limited to our hosting package and the cPanel features it offers. I would appreciate any help/advice I can get.