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.
Posted on July 28, 2009 11:14:36 AM EDT by David Hammond
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