Is it possible to have too much security while running your own app? Nowadays, applications are a common target of potential attacks and vulnerabilities. As a result, having the ability to restrict access to your application is critical for your business.
In this article we will guide how to protect your application running on a Tomcat server in Jelastic. We recommend two possible solutions on how to restrict access to your application (you can choose one of them or use both):
requesting the user authentication
denying the access for specified IP addresses
With the authentication settings, you can specify several users and provide them different levels of access by stating the roles. And, if you’re aware of harmful actions targeted to your app from specific IP addresses – simply restrict access per abuser.
Let’s get started and share the required configurations step-by-step.
To request the user authentication for accessing your Tomcat-based web application, perform the following actions:
1. Navigate to the environment where your application is deployed. Click the Config button for your Tomcat server.
2. Open the opt/tomcat/conf/ folder and select the tomcat-users.xml file.
3. Add new users with the required credentials and roles. Save the changes.
Note: If there is no context.xml file in your /opt/tomcat/webapps/ROOT/META-INF folder, you need to create it, add all the above-mentioned strings and restart your Tomcat server for the changes to be applied.
4. Save the changes and Restart your Tomcat server.
Subsequently, the user with the denied IPaddress will see the HTTP Status 403 while trying to access your application. And that’s all! Simply, isn’t it?
Just a few easy steps are required to protect your app from abusive users. These are just some basic settings that can be implemented to make your web application more secure. If you are interested in additional methods of protection, feel free to leave your comments below stating the problem you want to solve.
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