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From "John Freeborg" <>
Subject Hackers shutting down your Tomcat 4.x server?
Date Fri, 09 Nov 2001 18:49:23 GMT
As I was reading through the server.xml config documentation I noticed
that the shutdown attribute of the server element is described as:

      The command string that must be received via a
      TCP/IP connection to the specified port number
      in order to shut down Tomcat.

      <Server port="8005" shutdown="SHUTDOWN" debug="99">

Am I correct in assuming that this would be a great thing to change if
you have a server out in the wild? (and perhaps the port also)

Other than a firewall blocking traffic to this port, what would prevent
some random hacker from connecting to port 8005 and shutting down my

 - John

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