Acunetix 360 detected an exposed .htaccess file.


.htaccess files are configuration files for the Apache web server that can be used to override certain server configuration options on a per-directory basis using a human readable file.

If their contents are exposed, attackers can gain valuable insight into your server configuration and may read sensitive data can aid them in further attacks.


  • Make sure that .htaccess files are not readable when you directly access them via your web browser.
  • If possible try to apply the configuration options within the virtual host configuration file and deactivate the possibility of using .htaccess files.
    • This will not only enhance performance
    • Additionally it is more secure and helps to avoid situations where an attacker can upload their own .htaccess file to the server.

External References




CWE-16 OWASP 2013-A5 OWASP 2017-A6 CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N