> First, I did not propose to give up the /Custom tree in the ODB, sorry for the misunderstanding. We still need it in order to display the menu with the custom pages at the left side navigation bar. In principle all can stay like it is, except we remove /Custom/Path and rewrite the file server to restrict it only
> to the two mentioned directories.
> Second, to keep the compatibility with running experiments, we have to make the move over as simply as possible. Thomas proposed a "deprecated" mhttpd command line option. As an alternative, I propose to make a symbolic link from <exptab>/resources to where the old /Custom/Path was pointing
> to. This should work as well, and we don't have to implement a parameter in mhttpd.
That sounds fine, as long as it is clearly documented.
> Third, the /Custom/Path should really go away. We are all concerned that people can read security critical files from the whole file system. To read those files, people have to access to mhttpd, so they have to know at least the authentication credentials to pass the Apache firewall in front of mhttpd or
> whatever. This means they have access to the ODB, and then they can simply change /Custom/Path to "/" and voila - they have again access to /etc/passwd. This is why I propose symbolic links on the file system. This area is much better protected than the ODB, since people have to physically log into
> a machine to change it.
Yes, I agree that /Custom/Path should go away.