1.2 Disable Unused Connectors

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The default installation of Tomcat includes connectors with default settings. These are traditionally set up for convenience. It is best to remove these connectors and enable only what is needed.


Improperly configured or unnecessarily installed Connectors may lead to a security exposure.

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Within the $CATALINA_HOME/conf/server.xml, remove, or comment out, each unused Connector. For example, to disable an instance of the HTTPConnector, remove the following:

<Connector className='org.apache.catalina.connector.http.HttpConnector'

Default Value:

$CATALINA_HOME/conf/server.xml, has the following connectors defined by default:

A non-SSL HTTP Connector bound to port 8080

An AJP Connector bound to port 8009

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