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Restricting SSL access within webapp-tomcat?

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In my webapp there's a directory '/admin' that's protected under SSL. Users are forced to use SSL via a security constraint in web.xml. It works great.

As mentioned in the docs and other places, it would be good to prevent SSL everywhere else on the site, but I searched around and couldn't find anything that works.I tried adding another security constraint with transport guarantee set to NONE for url-pattern '/*' but it didn't prevent https access to the site as a whole.

What's the correct way to selectively restrict https to only one area of a webapp?

posted Aug 1, 2014 by Sridharan

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Why would you want to do that? Other than a few extra server CPU cycles, what's the harm in allowing SSL anywhere at the client's discretion?

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I've been off the list for a bit, getting ducks in a row here and everything.

I noticed a number of posts about SSL & TLS security settings lately and I wanted to point out that maintaining your SSL configurations is an on-going processes.

New exploits are discovered and released quite often, and often the fault lies with a cipher and not necessarily an overall SSL/TLS protocol.

So using a cipher list like "all except RC4" is probably not sufficient anymore. And what is secure may depend completely on the SSL/TLS software you use, be it OpenSSL or Java's built in SSL libraries.

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