4.9 Restrict access to Tomcat catalina.policy

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The catalina.policy file is used to configure security policies for Tomcat. It is recommended that access to this file has the proper permissions to properly protect from unauthorized changes.


Restricting access to this file will prevent local users from maliciously or inadvertently altering Tomcat's security policy.


Perform the following to restrict access to $CATALINA_HOME/conf/catalina.policy.

Set the owner and group owner of the contents of $CATALINA_HOME/conf/catalina.policy to tomcat_admin:tomcat.

# chown tomcat_admin:tomcat $CATALINA_HOME/conf/catalina.policy

Set the permissions of the $CATALINA_HOME/conf/catalina.policy file to 600.

# chmod 600 $CATALINA_HOME/conf/catalina.policy

Default Value:

The default permissions of catalina.policy are 600.

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