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From Ben Tilly <ben_ti...@trepp.com>
Subject config/6032: Directory and Files directives conflict about .htaccess
Date Thu, 27 Apr 2000 21:00:21 GMT

>Number:         6032
>Category:       config
>Synopsis:       Directory and Files directives conflict about .htaccess
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    apache
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   apache
>Arrival-Date:   Thu Apr 27 14:10:00 PDT 2000
>Originator:     ben_tilly@trepp.com
>Release:        1.3.12
$ uname -a
Linux ourweb 2.2.10 #3 Tue Sep 7 10:08:15 EDT 1999 i686 unknown

A current Debian Potato using their version of Apache.
The following directive in access.ctl prevents people from seeing .htaccess files:

<Files ~ "\.htaccess$">
  order deny,allow
  deny from all

When I place it at the beginning of the access.conf file I protect .htaccess files but I lose
password authentication on any .htaccess protected directories.  If I move the directive to
the end of the configuration file then password authentication comes back and the .htaccess
file is still blocked.
Insert the above into a configuration both before and after the Directory configuration and
see for yourself what happens.
If this behaviour is expected, then clarify the documentation.  Otherwise modify the parsing.

Regardless of whether this is expected, I suggest modifying the FAQ to point out that people
should modify the access control file to something other than .htaccess, and they should block
them since they frequently contain information that would make it easier to break into a webserver.
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