Securing Edit and Admin

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EPiServer CMS 6.0 / R2

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Introduction

EPiServer CMS allows relocation of the edit and admin folders and configurable HTTP ports, to make it harder for intruders to access sensitive resources.

This document contains instructions on how to secure the UI folder (which contains the EPiServer editor and administration interfaces) and also how to ensure that the application will continue to work even if the UI folder is moved to a new location.

How to Secure the UI Folder

By default the edit and admin folders of EPiServer CMS are located in the program files folder on the machines C:\ drive and are linked with Virtual Path Providers.

Follow the steps below to secure edit/admin and its ports on a default installation of EPiServer CMS:

  1. UI Folder

    a). Change the uiUrl attribute of the siteSettings element in the web.config file. If you wish to secure the UI folder on another port other to that the site is running on - add an absolute url including a port other than 80 (or a port the applicaiton is running on)
    see below:
     uiUrl="~/newuipath/"  or:uiUrl="http://localhost:8888/newuipath/"
    b.) Change the UI provider virtualpath attribute from the previous value for example. "~/UI" to "~/newuipath".

    <add name="UI" virtualPath="~/newuipath/" physicalPath="C:\Program Files\EPiServer\CMS\6.0.530.0\application\UI" type="EPiServer.Web.Hosting.VirtualPathNonUnifiedProvider,EPiServer" />
    c.) Change the location element path attribute from UI to newuipath see below for an example:
     
    <location path="newuipath">

    d.) Change the location element path attribute from UI/admin to newuipath/admin
    <location path="newuipath/admin">

     

  2. Add a specially designated (and restricted) port for access in the Internet Information Services (IIS) for the site (used for the UI folder in the step 1 above - port 8888 is used for uiUrl). Access to this port could then be restricted. (This step can be omitted if you are only wish to change the folders).

The default location ui folder contains admin and edit folders :

 /ui

 C:\[Program Files]\EPiServer\CMS\[Version]\Application\UI

 

SSL

Using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to secure the wbsite and/or UI folder is possible - see the information in the following links:
http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/144/how-to-setup-ssl-on-iis-7/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299875

Block access by IP or to add SSL
In order to block access by IP (or to add SSL), you will need to move the UI folder from to the site root so that you can set security in IIS.
Change the physicalPath= to the site root, for example "C:\EPiServer\Sites\MyEPiServerSite\ui"