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Microsoft KB Archive/171361

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Default Document Can Not Have .Asp Extension with Only Execute Access

Article ID: 171361

Article Last Modified on 6/23/2005


  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0

This article was previously published under Q171361

We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. IIS 6.0 significantly increases Web infrastructure security. For more information about IIS security-related topics, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


When you specify Default.asp (or any .asp file) as your default document in Internet Information Server (IIS), you will get an error message if you do not have Read access specified for the root virtual directory.


IIS assumes that the default document is going to be read, not executed so the Read permission is necessary for the default document in the root directory to be interpreted correctly.


Apply both Read and Execute rights to the root virtual directory in Internet Service Manager.

WARNING: Placing both Read and Execute rights on the root directory specifies that all files in the root can be executed. Take caution placing scripts and executables in the directory if you have enabled the execute right for the directory.

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