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Chapter 9. Creating Server Sandboxes > Understanding Sandboxes

Understanding Sandboxes

Sandbox security takes its name from its real-world counterpart: Just as children are allowed to build anything they please within the confines of a sandbox, developers can be restricted to write and read code only within a virtual sandbox. In the case of ColdFusion Server, developers can be restricted to a set of directory structures—the virtual sandbox. This way, two different companies that each have an application hosted on the same server will not be able to read or write to each other's directories.

Sandbox security applies restrictions on the directories in which ColdFusion templates exist. Permissions of parent directories propagate to subdirectories (their children). Sandboxes defined for subdirectories override the sandbox settings on parent directories. This enables administrators of shared hosted environments to set up a root sandbox for each application and create personalized sandboxes on subdirectories within the parent sandboxes, without compromising the security of sandboxes for the other hosted sites. Examine the following directory structure:


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