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Need some help in understanding the 'HTTP Generic Browseable Directory' vulnerability in Apache

Can someone please elaborate on this please?  I've seen this vulnerability before, but I am trying to understand the potential risk to an organization.  Can someone please put this in context?

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Not sure which vulnerability you mean. Where did you see it? Do you mean one of the vulnerabilities that causes Apache to display a directory listing instead of the default index page?
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That's all I know really.  I know that it pertains to Apache having 'open' browseable directories?
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Ok. It might refer to the option "Indexes" being enabled in Apache. This option can be enabled through a .htaccess file or the server's configuration file. Having this option enabled would make Apache show a list of all files and subdirectories in the inside the requested path. This is not a huge security risk, but you may not want the world to see your entire file structure. To disable this you could simply use:

Options -Indexes