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How can I prevent external users from somehow getting a list of files that are on my machine?

For instance, My website is in folder /htdocs/ and I have some other random documents in there too.

How do I make sure that the user can only see the site and can never get an overview of what files I have on that harddrive?

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Seems like a ServerFault question to me –  David Z Jun 7 '09 at 0:42

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

With Apache, you can create a .htaccess file like this:

 Options -Indexes

For more details, check out How to Prevent a Directory Listing of Your Website with .htaccess

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+1 good answer :) –  David Pashley Jun 7 '09 at 7:25

assuming apache look at this page for some good security tips

in specific add to httpd.conf

<Directory />
     Order Deny,Allow
     Deny from all
 </Directory>

<Directory /htdocs>
     Order Deny,Allow
     Allow from all
 </Directory>
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Directory entries very much like these are default, but it's a good idea to check to make sure. +1 –  Matt Simmons Jun 7 '09 at 1:37

Also, you could restrict the apache user via SELinux policy. If you are on a system with SELinux that is...

Look at his article on secure containers (lightweight virtual machines). Perhaps for the more paranoid or those who have problems of scale.

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