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using symlink as virtual directory in Tomcat, can I block directory browsing?

I am using a symlink in Tomcat's ROOT directory to create a "virtual directory" without using Apache or another webserver.

So I do the following on Red Hat 7.2:

cd $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps/ROOT
ln -s /repository/assets assets

However, my problem is that a savvy user can enter the following in their browser:  http://myserver.com/assets

and view all the files in this directory.  Is their any way (chmod) with permissions to disable directory browsing?

The other thing I though we could do would be to change the ROOT application's web.xml to protect these symlink'ed directories.

Thanks,

Matt
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jlevieCommented:
Anything that you were to do at the file system level to keep folks from browing a directory is going to keep the web server from accessing the directory. If you don't want users to see the contents of a directory you have to configure the web server to prevent that access. That's easy enough to do with an Apache server, and I'd guess that something similar should be possible with Tomcat.
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mraibleAuthor Commented:
that's the problem - I'm not using a webserver to create this virtual directory.  Just a symlink.
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jlevieCommented:
It is entirely possible that I missed it in the Tomcat documentation, but I don't see any way to limit access to a directory unless Tomcat is running under a Web server. There are one or two things in the FAQ about limitations, but they all reference the use of Apache's config directives.
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mraibleAuthor Commented:
Apache does run a webserver as part of it's package - so it will server up *.html, *.gif, etc files.
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mraibleAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I mean Tomcat.
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jlevieCommented:
Right, I realize that Tomcat can do a number of the things that Apache can do. What seems to be missing in Tomcat is the fine grained access control that Apache implements. There are two ways to use Tomcat. As a standalone server and running under Apache. The later method allows for limits to be placed on what clients can see and/or access and is the only way that I saw in the documentation to restrict access.
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jlevieCommented:
The answer is ther, though it probably wasn't what mraible wanted.
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