WG170 A22 - Each readable web document directory must contain either a default, home, index, or equivalent file.


The goal is to completely control the web users experience in navigating any portion of the web document root directories. Ensuring all web content directories have at least the equivalent of an index.html file is a significant factor to accomplish this end. Also, enumeration techniques, such as URL parameter manipulation, rely upon being able to obtain information about the web server's directory structure by locating directories with default pages. This practice helps ensure that the anonymous web user will not obtain directory browsing information or an error message that reveals the server type and version.

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Add a default document to the applicable directories.

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References: CAT|III, Rule-ID|SV-33020r1_rule, STIG-ID|WG170_A22, Vuln-ID|V-2245

Plugin: Unix

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