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Disabling Script Execution in a Directory in IIS7

Last night I was trying to disable script execution in the uploads folder of a site running in IIS (Windows 2008).  It is also running ColdFusion, which turned out to be important.  I ran into a couple problems.

The first was that I had no idea how to do that in IIS7.  I knew how to do it in IIS6, but everything is different in IIS7.  I thought I would be able to just find it, but after poking around for a while, I gave up and ran to Google.  Turns out the new location to set this is in Handler Mappings.  If you go to the Handler Mappings feature for a directory and click on "Edit Feature Permissions...", you can uncheck the "Script" permission.

So I did that, and I thought I was done, but then I noticed that not only could I not run scripts from the directory, but trying to access a static file, such as a gif, also gave me a "403 Access Denied" message.  Strange.

It turns out that ColdFusion installs a wildcard script map, which means that it is set up to handle all files, even static ones.  I don't know what the reason for this is (and I would love to find out if anybody knows), but it was getting in the way of the default static file handler.  I had to remove that handler for the directory in order for the static files to be served properly.


David Hammond's Globally Recognized Avatar One update. I just had to do this again, and I noticed that this time the second step (removing the CF mapping) was not necessary. Disabling scripts for the directory automatically disabled all of the script-related mappings. Not sure if IIS has been patched since I tried this last, or if there was something else different in the circumstances, but there you are.

Posted on February 2, 2010 11:15:05 AM EST by David Hammond

Doug's Globally Recognized Avatar Thank you for the information!! I appreciate it.
It's exactly the same situation for me... IIS & CF.
It essentially makes it a dead directory to execute anything, including displaying images directly in that directory, but accessing from other directories is perfect.

Posted on February 22, 2010 7:58:15 PM EST by Doug

vdub's Globally Recognized Avatar I have the same proble and am looking at the handler mappings. Is the CF the one that says STATICFILES with *? Can I just disable that one?

Posted on March 15, 2010 10:20:46 AM EDT by vdub

David Hammond's Globally Recognized Avatar I should have been more specific. The mapping that ColdFusion uses is actually named something like "AboMapperCustom-71305919" with a path of "*". That needs to be removed.

Posted on March 15, 2010 10:47:13 AM EDT by David Hammond

Asha's Globally Recognized Avatar HI,

I just tried disabling script permissions for a directory IIS7 but my wildcard handler mapping doesnt get disbaled for some reason.Can you please let me know if you know of any such behaviour.


Posted on May 19, 2010 8:32:46 AM EDT by Asha

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