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blocking access to images

Hemant Visal

Joined: Dec 19, 2003
Posts: 8
I have a application where users upload images to the server. I am using Tomcat 4.1.27. The folder structure is as below :
Images uploaded by user are temporarily stored under webapps/application/iamges/temp folder. After processing the image, its preview is displayed to the user and once he submits the page, the image is copied with a different name to the data folder.
When the image preview is displayed, it is displayed using line
<IMG src="/application/images/temp/tempimagename.jpg" >
Now my problem is, I don't want the user to access any file under temp or data folder. If the user types such a url in the browser, he shouldn't be allowed to view the file.
http://url ort/application/images/temp/tempimagename.jpg or
http://url ort/application/images/data/imagename.jpg
At the same time, I have a functionality for the admin, where he will be displayed with the image as
<IMG src="/application/images/data/imagename.jpg" >
Is it possible to restrict the user? How can I block any direct access to the file.
Please help me ASAP.
Thanks in advance
Eric Pascarello

Joined: Nov 08, 2001
Posts: 15385
Are you askig you want to block direct linknig to a file? If you want to do this you are going to have to play with .htaccess files on your server that limit what domain the images can be displayed for.
William Brogden
Author and all-around good cowpoke

Joined: Mar 22, 2000
Posts: 13037
If you use a servlet to serve the images, and store the images outside the directory system the web server is allowed to serve from (for example, under WEB-INF) your problem is solved. Your servlet can handle any security precautions with ease.
Bear Bibeault
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