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From Ron Van den Branden <>
Subject virtual hosts for chrooted Tomcat
Date Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:53:08 GMT
Hi all,

I'm preparing for deploying Tomcat based web applications on a dedicated 
server (finally!). I have experience with Tomcat webapps on my local 
Windows machine, but am making myself familiar with a real-life 
situation on a Ubuntu Linux server.

 From what I've read, chrooting Tomcat seems a sensible security 
measure, documented in detail in O'Reilly's "Tomcat: the Definitive 
Guide" (<>). Before I 
start messing around, however, I would like to clarify some concepts.

If I
    1. setup Tomcat for virtual hosts, serving webapps from another 
directory than %TOMCAT_HOME%/webapps, say 
    2. install Tomcat in its chroot jail at /home/chroot/tomcat
...will Tomcat be able to serve these webapps?

In other words: is it possible to have Tomcat serve web applications 
that are physically located outside the chroot jail within which Tomcat 
is running? I am considering this option because I would like to 
configure the webapps under /var/www/virtualhosts/[virtualhost]/ for 
chrooted SSH/SFTP access as well. If this is not possible, are there 
perhaps other common guidelines for configuring virtual hosts for a 
chrooted Tomcat?

I'm aware of and apologise for the basic level of these questions; any 
hints would be really appreciated!

Ron Van den Branden

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