Web container custom properties

You can configure name-value pairs of data, where the name is a property key and the value is a string value that you can use to set internal system configuration properties. Defining a new property enables you to configure a setting beyond that which is available in the administrative console. The following list contains some of the available web container custom properties.

Complete the following steps to specify web container custom properties:

  1. In the administrative console click Servers > Server Types > WebSphere application servers > server_name > Web Container Settings > Web container.
  2. After Additional Properties select Custom Properties.
  3. On the Custom Properties page, click New.
  4. On the settings page, enter the name of the custom property that you want to configure in the Name field and the value that you want to set it to in the Value field.
  5. Click Apply or OK.
  6. Click Save on the console taskbar to save your configuration changes.
  7. Restart the server.

The following is a list of custom properties that are provided with the Application Server. The topics, JavaServer Pages specific web container custom properties and HTTP transport custom properties, are listed in a separate topic.

You can use the Custom properties page to define the following properties for use by the Java™ virtual machine.

BodyContentBuffSize

The size of the body content buffer for a JavaServer Pages (JSP) file can affect the performance of some applications. By default, the body content buffer size is 512 bytes. However, you can use the BodyContentBuffSize custom property to set a different buffer value.

Name Default value
BodyContentBuffSize 512

com.ibm.ws.jsf.disablealternatefacesconfigsearch

Disables MyFaces searching for META-INF/*.faces-config.xml for all web applications on a server.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsf.disablealternatefacesconfigsearch false
[8.5.5.6 or later]

com.ibm.ws.jsp.allowExpressionFactoryPerApp

If other JavaServer Faces (JSF) applications are already deployed in the server and use an expression language (EL) parser other than the default, the JSF application you deploy can have the following error:

java.lang.IllegalArgumentException:                             
argument type mismatch:.javax.el.ELException                    
..                                                              
at                                                              
org.apache.myfaces.view.facelets.el.TagValueExpression.setValue 
   (TagValueExpression.java:129)                                
at javax.faces.component.UIInput.updateModel(UIInput.java:420)  
at                                                              
javax.faces.component.UIInput.processUpdates(UIInput.java:339)  
...
To avoid this error, set the com.ibm.ws.jsp.allowExpressionFactoryPerApp property to true. This custom property loads the expression factory that the application sets. It also indicates that the application is using a custom EL implementation, such as Java Unified Expression Language, which needs to set its own expression factory.
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsp.allowExpressionFactoryPerApp false

com.ibm.ws.jsp.doNotEscapeWhitespaceCharsInExpression

Typically, Expression Language (EL) expressions in tag files get evaluated before a JavaServer Page (JSP) is compiled. However, to ensure that an EL expression that contains a carriage return (\r), new line (\n), or tab (\t) character within the syntax does not cause a javax.el.Exceptionable exception, set the com.ibm.ws.jsp.expressionistic custom property to true. The custom property applies across the web container.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsp.doNotEscapeWhitespaceCharsInExpression false

To enable the behavior for a specific application, set the doNotEscapeWhitespaceCharsInExpression attribute to true in the ibm-web-ext.xml file of the application.

com.ibm.ws.jsp.enableDefaultIsELIgnoredInTag

Typically Expression Language (EL) expressions in tag files get evaluated before the tag files a JavaServer Page (JSP) is compiled. However, under certain conditions these EL expressions in a tag file do not get evaluated if the <el-ignored> attribute is set to true.

To ensure that EL expressions are always evaluated, set the com.ibm.ws.jsp.enableDefaultIsELIgnoredInTag custom property to true. The default value for this property is false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsp.enableDefaultIsELIgnoredInTag false

com.ibm.ws.jsp.expressionreturnemptystring

This property enables you to indicate whether you want the JSP container to return an empty string or null for unset values in an expression.

An expression, such as the following expression, can return a value of null when testValue is null in the testBean:
<input type='text' name='test' value='<%=testBean.getTestValue()%>'maxlength=16> 

Some applications expect an empty string to be returned in these situations rather than the value of null. If the applications you are running expect an empty string to be returned, add this custom property to your web container settings and set the property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsp.expressionreturnemptystring false

com.ibm.ws.jsp.getWriterOnEmptyBuffer

The dynamic cache service uses flushes to determine when one cacheable web fragment, such as a JSP include or a c:import, ends and the next web fragment begins. If you set the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.usecdatatrim custom property to true for your JSP engine, all the blank space and extra lines in the generated Java code are stripped out. In this situation, there might not be any content to write before the first flush. If the generated Java code contains text or other code before the first flush, then normal dynamic cache service processing occurs.

If you set the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.usecdatatrim custom property to true, and are using the dynamic cache service, you must also set the com.ibm.ws.jsp.getWriterOnEmptyBuffer custom property to true. This custom property requires the JSP Engine to call the flush function when it reaches the end of the first cacheable web fragments even if there is not any data to flush. The default value for this property is false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsp.getWriterOnEmptyBuffer false

com.ibm.ws.jsp.limitBuffer

The body content buffer size of the tag bodies for a JavaServer Pages (JSP) file are reused to optimize performance. If the size of a tag body increases beyond the default body content buffer size, the buffer is resized to accommodate the tag body. However, the buffer is not reset to the default size after serving a request. As a result, the heap memory that is used by org.apache.jasper.runtime.BodyContentImpl implementation might increase over time. You can configure the body content buffer size by setting an integer value for the BodyContentBuffSize custom property. For more information, see BodyContentBuffSize.

Use the com.ibm.ws.jsp.limitBuffer custom property to deallocate large body content buffer sizes and create a buffer with the default buffer size.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsp.limitBuffer false

com.ibm.ws.jsp.throwExceptionForAddELResolver

Set the com.ibm.ws.jsp.throwExceptionForAddELResolver property to true if you do not want to allow an ELResolver to be registered from a servlet or a filter after the application receives a request from the client. When this property is set to true, an IllegalStateException is given as specified by the JSP (JavaServer Pages) specification for addELResolver() method of the JspApplicationContext interface.

The default value for this property is false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.jsp.throwExceptionForAddELResolver false
[8.5.5.18 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ADD_STS_HEADER_WEBAPP

Starting in Version 8.5.5.18, you can add the HSTS response header for a HTTPs request. To enable this option, set a web application context-parameter custom property. The param-value shown is an example:

<context-param>
  <param-name>com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ADD_STS_HEADER_WEBAPP</param-name>
      <param-value>max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload</param-value>
</context-param>

Optionally, add the server-level custom property. The value shown is an example:

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.addStrictTransportSecurityHeader="max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains"
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ADD_STS_HEADER_WEBAPP false
[8.5.5.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.allowDotsinName

If the requested static file has multiple consecutive dots in the name, the request is rejected by the server as a forbidden request.

When this property is set to true, the requested file is served.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.allowDotsinName false
[8.5.5.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.allowPrivAccessGetResource

The path to the file defined with the EDR (extended document root) option is not considered part of the installed application artifacts. Therefore, accessing the file requires special permissions. A Java.security.AccessControlException: Access denied (java.io.FilePermission) exception is issued if the required permissions are not provided for this file in the web application.

When this property is set to true, the application is allowed access to the file whose path is defined in the EDR.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.allowPrivAccessGetResource false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.AllowQueryParamWithNoEqual

If the query parameter in a URL contains only the string name instead of the expected name=value format, the server returns the value of request.getParameter(name) query as null.

When this property is set to true, if the query parameter in a URL contains only the string name, the server returns an empty string as the value for the request.getParameter(name) query.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.AllowQueryParamWithNoEqual false
[8.5.5.2 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.appendMetaInfResourcesInLooseLib

This property removes the additional path when an application is deployed in a loose configuration, and is mainly used in a development environment or server.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.appendMetaInfResourcesInLooseLib false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.asyncmaxsizetaskpool

This custom property specifies the maximum task queue size that is used to hold the dispatched asynchronous servlet.

Name Default Value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.asyncmaxsizetaskpool 5000

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.asyncpurgeinterval

This custom property specifies the interval which the web container should purge the task queue to release the resource of the canceled tasks.

Name Default Value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.asyncpurgeinterval 30000

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.channelwritetype

By default, the web container uses asynchronous writes to write response data in chunks up to the response buffer size. For larger responses that are greater than the response buffer size, the web container continues to buffer response data into memory while waiting for an asynchronous write of a response data chunk to complete. This process can result in part of a large response that is held in memory, which can lead to high memory usage and potentially an out of memory error. An application server hang might also occur when a server is simultaneously processing more requests than web container-defined threads.

If the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.channelwritetype property is set to sync, synchronous writing is used, otherwise asynchronous writing is used by default. With synchronous writing, response data is written synchronously in chunks of up to the value of responsebuffersize and no response data are buffered into memory while waiting for a synchronous write of a response data chunk to complete. As a result, the approximate maximum amount of response data that is held in memory is equal to the responsebuffersize multiplied by the number of web container threads. The maximum number of requests that can be processed simultaneously by the web container is limited by the number of web container threads. Additional requests are queued, waiting for a request that is in process to complete.

The responsebuffersize web container custom property defines the maximum amount of response data that is written by the web container in a single chunk, and is 32k by default. As a result, it is used to change the number of writes that are needed by the web container to send complete response data. However, if an application flushes response data, any response data that is held by the web container is immediately written irrespective of the responsebuffersize.

Use the following name-value pair to write chunks of data using synchronous writes.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.channelwritetype async

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.checkEDRinGetRealPath

The ServletContext.getRealPath() Java Servlet API does not return the correct path for a requested resource when the resource exists in an extendedDocumentRoot path and does not exist in the installed application path. If you want the ServletContext.getRealPath() Java Servlet API to look for the requested resource in the extendedDocumentRoot path if the resource is not found in the installed application path, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.checkEDRinGetRealPath custom property to true.

When this property is set to true, and the requested resource is also not found in the extendedDocumentRoot path, a null value is returned.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.checkEDRinGetRealPath false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.copyattributeskeyset

This custom property addresses a situation where the request.getAttributeNames method returns a list of values. If a servlet modifies the list using the request.removeAttribute method, subsequent calls to the nextElement method cause a java.util.ConcurrentModificationException exception. To enable a servlet to modify the list, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.copyattributeskeyset custom property to true. When you set this custom property to true, a copy of the list of attributes is returned, which enables the servlet to modify the list without resulting in a java.util.ConcurrentModificationException exception when the nextElement method is called.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.copyattributeskeyset false
[8.5.5.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.decodeParamViaReqEncoding

When the inbound request URI is not UTF-8 encoded, but the request encoding is set to UTF-8, characters whose encoded values are different in ISO-8859 are displayed incorrectly in the response. For example, if the request is sent using Microsoft Internet Explorer, the characters are displayed as n-tilde (Ñ) characters. To ensure that the characters are encoded and decoded correctly, based on the request encoding set, add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.decodeParamViaReqEncoding Web container custom property to your Web container settings and set it to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.decodeParamViaReqEncoding false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.deferServingRequestsUntilEarStarted

This custom property defers serving requests until the whole Enterprise Archive (EAR) is started.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.deferServingRequestsUntilEarStarted false
[8.5.5.5 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.deferServletRequestListenerDestroyOnError

If this custom property is set to true, the web container enables CDI to work properly on custom error pages.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.deferServletRequestListenerDestroyOnError false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableSetCharacterEncodingAfterParametersRead

The web container processes a setCharacterEncoding(String) method of the ServletRequest API even if it is called after the post data is parsed. According to the Java Servlet Specification, the web container should ignore a setCharacterEncoding(String) method if the method is called after the data is parsed.

If you want the web container to ignore a setCharacterEncoding(String) method if the method is called after the data is parsed, add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableSetCharacterEncodingAfterParametersRead custom property to your web container configuration settings and set this property to true.

The default value for this property is false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableSetCharacterEncodingAfterParametersRead false
[8.5.5.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableStaticMappingCache

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableStaticMappingCache custom property allows the user to disable the static caching. It can be set in the administrative console or though the context parameter in the web.xml.

To disable static caching for all deployed applications, use an asterisk. If you want to disable static caching for specific applications, use a comma.

For example, com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableStaticMappingCache=* disables static caching for all deployed applications. com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableStaticMappingCache=SpecialApp,RareApp disables static caching for only those two applications.

You can also set a context parameter in the web.xml to disable static caching for the application. The parameter name is com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.DISABLE_STATIC_MAPPING_CACHE and set the parameter value to true.

There is no default value for this property.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableStaticMappingCache none

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableSystemAppGlobalListenerLoading

If a system application is the first to start, and the application attempts to load a global listener in a shared library that is associated with the server classloader, the application does not load that listener and prevents the listener from being loaded or invoked by a later non-system application. Set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableSystemAppGlobalListenerLoading custom property to true to prevent system applications from loading global listeners. When this property is set to true, the system application does not attempt to load the global listeners and later non-system applications can load them from a shared library that is associated with a server class loader.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disableSystemAppGlobalListenerLoading false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disablexPoweredBy

When you configure server security, you can turn off the X-Powered-By header if you do not want to reveal which server you are running. Use this custom property to disable the X-Powered-By header, which prevents the header from being sent on the HTTP response. The default value is false. However, set this property to true, if you want to disable this header.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disablexPoweredBy false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disallowAllFileServing

Use the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disallowAllFileServing custom property to disable file serving on all applications on a specific application server.

You can enable file serving on a global level across a given application server by using the fileServingEnabled custom property. However, the fileServingEnabled property is overridden by the specific deployment information of each application. Therefore, the current fileServingEnabled custom property applies only as a backup in case an application does not define the fileServingEnabled setting itself.

To globally override this setting on a specific application server to prevent the application server from serving static files regardless of their individual deployment settings, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disallowAllFileServing web container custom property to true using the following name-value pair.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disallowAllFileServing false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disallowServeServletsByClassname

When the ServeServletsByClassnameEnabled property is enabled, it is possible to access servlets directly, resulting in a possible security exposure. Define the following custom property to disallow the use of the serveServletsByClassnameEnabled property across the entire application server level.

Name Default value Valid value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.disallowserveservletsbyclassname

[8.5.5.6 or later]true

false
[8.5.5.6 or later]Note: The default value is true for Version 8.5.5.6. Older versions have the default value set as false unless you install an interim fix for PI31622.

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.discernUnavailableServlet

Typically, when the web container receives an UnavailableException, it cannot determine whether the exception was issued from a servlet or a dispatched resource. Therefore, the web container automatically marks the servlet unavailable even if it is the dispatched resource that is unavailable.

If you are running on Version 7.0.0.5 or later, and have set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.discernUnavailableServlet custom property to true, any UnavailableException that is issued from a dispatched resource is placed in a wrapper. This wrapper enables the web container to determine whether the exception was issued from the servlet or a dispatched resource. If the exception is not issued by the servlet, the web container does not mark the servlet unavailable.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.discernUnavailableServlet false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSER

The RequestDispatcher propagates the exceptions from the dispatched servlets back to the dispatching servlets. This is a change in behavior from that in previous releases. If you do not want the application to throw exceptions back to the servlet doing the dispatching, add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSER custom property to the settings for the web container and set the property to false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSER true
Supported configurations: The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSError custom property supersedes the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSER custom property. When you enable the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSError custom property by setting its value to true, the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSER custom property is also set to true.

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSError

When a JavaServer Page (JSP) file contains a compilation error, the runtime error is caught and handled directly by the container. Exceptions are not propagated and addressed by the dispatched JSP resource. With the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSError custom property, exceptions are propagated back to the dispatched JSP resource.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSError false
Supported configurations: The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSError custom property supersedes the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSER custom property. When you enable the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSError custom property by setting its value to true, the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.dispatcherRethrowSER custom property is also set to true.
[8.5.5.3 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.displayTextWhenNoErrorPageDefined

The web container allows the display of custom text when no error page is defined. This property affects all applications on the server.

To use this property in WebSphere Application Server, set the following web container custom property:
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.displayTextWhenNoErrorPageDefined="display text"
To use this property in a Liberty profile server, update the following syntax in the server.xml file:
<webContainer displaytextwhennoerrorpagedefined="display text"/>
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.displayTextWhenNoErrorPageDefined none

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.donotservebyclassname

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.donotservebyclassname custom property specifies a list of classes that cannot be served by the class name.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.donotservebyclassname none
[8.5.5.4 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.emptyServletMappings

If set to true, the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.emptyServletMappings custom property returns an empty collection when the servlet mappings are requested by the getMappings() method and no mappings have yet been added.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.emptyServletMappings false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enabledefaultservletrequestpathelements

To correctly map a request to a default servlet, you must determine the proper servlet path and PathInfo values. The following table shows the effects on the Servlet Path and PathInfo values when you set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enabledefaultservletrequestpathelements custom property to a true or false value.
Table 1. Servlet Path and PathInfo values. Values for Servlet Path and PathInfo
Value Servlet Path value PathInfo value
true Set to the contents of the URI after the Context Path Set to a null value
false (Default) Set to an empty string Set based on the contents of the URI after the Context Path

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableErrorExceptionTypeFirst

When an exception occurs, the Web container searches for an error page to handle that exception. The default searching order is:
  1. Any matching error-code error page
  2. Any matching exception-type error page

The matched error-code page is always returned even if there is also a matching exception type error page that is defined in the web.xml file. To have the Web container search and use the exception-type before the error-code, set this property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableErrorExceptionTypeFirst false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableExactMatchJSecurityCheck

Specify this property if you want to allow the keyword j_security_check to be used as part of the name of a resource. Typically, if a URI contains the keyword j_security_check the login process is initiated.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableExactMatchJSecurityCheck false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableJspMappingOverride

When a url-pattern is defined in the jsp-property-group of the web.xml, file, it is typically mapped to, and handled by the JavaServer Page (JSP) engine. If you have applications that must override this mapping so that they can handle and serve the JSP content themselves, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableJspMappingOverride property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableJspMappingOverride false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableMultiReadOfPostData

Set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableMultiReadOfPostData custom property to true if you want to enable multiple reads of post data. When this property is set to true, the post data can be read multiple times as either an InputStream or Reader, and as parameters.

When the web container is enabled for multiple reads of post data, you can set up an application to complete the following actions if you want that application to reread post data from the beginning using either an InputStream or Reader:
  1. Obtain the InputStream or Reader
  2. Read the data
  3. Close the InputStrean or Reader

If either the first or third action does not occur, the next read of the post data is not reset to the beginning of that data.

The web container automatically completes this sequence if an application rereads the post data as parameters.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enableMultiReadOfPostData false
[8.5.5.10 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enablePostOnlyJSecurityCheck

Set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enablePostOnlyJSecurityCheck custom property to true to disable all login methods except the POST method. You can set this custom property in the administrative console through web container custom properties. The server returns a 404 response status when all login methods are disabled.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.enablePostOnlyJSecurityCheck false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.excludehandledtypesclasses

Use the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.excludehandledtypesclasses custom property to exclude the handle type classes from being passed into the onStartup method of the ServletContainerInitializer implementation class.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.excludehandledtypesclasses false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.extractHostHeaderPort and trusthostheaderport

The getServerPort method relies on the getVirtualPort method of the channel, which returns a port number in the following order:
  1. Port number from the request URL
  2. Port number from the request host header
This order is compliant with HTTP/1.1 RFC but not with the Java Servlet Specification Version 2.4 API, which requires the port number from the host header to be returned first, if any, or the request URL. The correct returned URL for the previous example is: http://ProxyServer:8888. The web container was modified to return a port number from the host header, if any, or the URL port that accepted the client connection. You must set the trusthostheaderport and the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.extractHostHeaderPort custom property to true to return the port number from the request host header first. Using the administrative console, you would set these properties as follows:
trusthostheaderport = true     
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.extractHostHeaderPort = true
Avoid trouble: You cannot set these properties in web.xml to have them take effect as intended.
You can set these properties as web container custom properties in the administrative console by using the following two sets of name-value pairs:
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.extractHostHeaderPort false
trusthostheaderport false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.finishresponseonclose

Use the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.finishresponseonclose custom property to indicate that you want the web container to close a connection when a servlet calls close() on a writer or output stream.

Typically, when a servlet calls close() on a writer or output stream, the web container sends the data that has been written to the writer or output stream to the client, and then waits for the servlet service() method to finish before it closes the connection. This delay might be interpreted as a response completion delay, especially if a servlet service() method does not complete until sometime after the writer or output stream is closed.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.finishresponseonclose false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ForceDifferentCookiePaths

When you configure an application to use a cookie to track the session, the default path for the cookie is set to the context root of the application. Therefore, the cookie is only sent to requests that are made to this application. To change the default path to be / (forward slash), such that the cookie is sent to requests for any application in this domain, set the ForceDifferentCookiePaths session manager custom property.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ForceDifferentCookiePaths false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.handlingRequestWithOverridenPath

When an application overrides the URI pathinfo, the server does not use the overridden path to service the request, but instead uses the original request URI pathinfo. If you want the server to use the overridden URI path, then set com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.handlingRequestWithOverridenPath to true. Normally, when an application overrides the request URI path, that URI path is used by application and not by server.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.handlingRequestWithOverridenPath false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.HTTPOnlyCookies

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.HTTPOnlyCookies custom property provides a level of defense against a client-side script that accesses a protected cookie and acquiring its content. When you use this custom property, you can prevent Java scripts that run in a browser from accessing all cookies or a particular list of cookies of your choosing. The HTTPOnly attribute is added to each cookie specified in this custom property and enables protection from client-side script access.
Avoid trouble: Specifying com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.HTTPOnlyCookies with no operands means that the HTTPOnly attribute is NOT added to any cookie, and any client-side Java script running in a browser can access the content of any cookies.
You can specify the following values for this property:
  • * - An asterisk value means that all cookies are given the HTTPOnly attribute.
  • A comma-delimited list of the specific cookies that are given the HTTPOnly attribute. Cookies might contain wildcard characters. The HTTPOnly attribute is only given to the matched cookies that are on this list.
The following examples illustrate how to specify these two settings:
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.HTTPOnlyCookies=*
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.HTTPOnlyCookies=cookieName1,Account3Cookie,JsessionID 
Attention: Cookie names that are used in specifying com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.HTTPOnlyCookies are case-insensitive.
Important: The HTTPOnly attribute for JSESSIONID and LTPA cookies is enabled by default. Before WebSphere Application Server Version 8.0, the com.ibm.ws.security.addHttpOnlyAttributeToCookies custom property default was false. For WebSphere Application Server Version 8.5, the default is true.
For transitioning users: The HTTPOnly attribute for JSESSIONID and LTPA cookies is enabled by default. Before WebSphere Application Server Version 8.0, the com.ibm.ws.security.addHttpOnlyAttributeToCookies custom property default was false. The current default value is true.

Because the HTTPOnly attribute is now set using the Set session cookies to HTTPOnly to help prevent cross-site scripting attacks field in the administrative console, if you need to disable this function, in the administrative console, click Server Types > Application servers > Session management > Cookies, and clear the Set session cookies to HTTPOnly to help prevent cross-site scripting attacks field.

For more information on the interaction of these two custom properties, see Cookie settings and Enablement and migration considerations of Security hardening features.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.HTTPOnlyCookies none

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreinjectionfailure

If a resource or Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) injection fails during the servlet initialization process, an error message is written to the server log files. However, the error message is not propagated to the client. In addition, the servlet is put into service and it is not reinitialized until its application is restarted. During this time, if a request is received that references the resource, which previously failed to inject, a NullPointerException exception results. Similarly, this problem can occur during the filter and listener initialization processes.

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreinjectionfailure custom property enables you to specify whether to propagate these error messages and whether to put a servlet into service. By default, the custom property is set to false, which retains the previously described behavior. To enable the propagation of these injection exceptions to the client and to not put the servlet into service, you must leave this custom property set to false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreinjectionfailure false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreInvalidQueryString

When the web container encounters an encoding character in a query string pair that is not valid, it throws an IllegalArgumentException exception and, by default, ignores the entire query string. In applications where every field in the query string is an essential resource, it might not be desirable to ignore the entire query string. If you set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreInvalidQueryString custom property to true, the web container ignores query string pairs that are not valid and continues to process valid query string pairs.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreInvalidQueryString false
[8.5.5.2 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignorePostConstructOverriddenMethod

If a parent class has its annotated @PostConstruct method overridden by a subclass, when the target subclass annotated method is called, the web container invokes the target subclass twice. If you set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignorePostConstructOverriddenMethod custom property to true, the web container invokes only the target subclass method once, and any parent's overridden methods are ignored.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignorePostConstructOverriddenMethod false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreSemiColonOnRedirectToWelcomePage

If this property is set to true, the web container ignores the semicolon and everything after it when redirecting to the welcome page.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ignoreSemiColonOnRedirectToWelcomePage false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.IgnoreSessiononStaticFileRequest

The web container accesses a session for the static file requests involving filters. This action can result in a performance degradation, for example, when running with database session persistence. If you set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.IgnoreSessiononStaticFileRequest custom property to true, the web container cannot access a session for the static files requests involving filters.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.IgnoreSessiononStaticFileRequest false
[8.5.0.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.initFilterBeforeInitServlet

Set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.initFilterBeforeInitServlet custom property to true to initialize filters before initializing load-on-startup servlets during the startup process for an application.

Avoid trouble: Both the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeFilterInitAtStartup property and the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.initFilterBeforeInitServlet property must be set to true for the filters to be initialized first on application startup
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.initFilterBeforeInitServlet false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeFilterAfterService

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeFilterAfterService custom property ensures that the web container does not call the failing flush() when the OutputStream is closed.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeFilterAfterService true

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeFilterInitAtStartup

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeFilterInitAtStartup custom property enables the web container to invoke the init method and initialize a filter during the startup process for an application.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeFilterInitAtStartup false
[8.5.5.11 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeflushafterserviceforstaticfileresponsewrapper

Set this custom property to false so that the web container does not flush the response after service for a request to a static file when the application uses a response wrapper.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokeflushafterserviceforstaticfileresponsewrapper true

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.KeepUnreadPostDataAfterResponseSentToClient

This property indicates whether post data is available to read after the client response is completed, following either the completion of a forward request completes, or a return from a sendRedirect. If this property is set to true, post data is available to read after the client response is completed either after a forward request completes, which is the default behavior, or on a return from a sendRedirect, which occurs when the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SendResponseToClientAsPartOfSendRedirect custom property is set to true. However, setting this property to true requires unread post data to be held in memory until the target resource completes, and increases memory usage.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.KeepUnreadPostDataAfterResponseSentToClient false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.logServletContainerInitializerClassloadingErrors

When examining the classes of an application to see whether they match any of the criteria that is specified by the HandlesTypes annotation of a ServletContainerInitializer, the container might run into class loading problems if one or more of the optional application JAR files are missing. Because the container does not decide whether these types of class loading failures prevent the application from working correctly, it ignores the failures and provides a configuration option that logs them.

Setting this property to true turns on logging.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.logServletContainerInitializerClassloadingErrors false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.mapFiltersToAsterisk

When processing a request, the web container recognizes servlet mappings to * as the same as servlet mappings to /*. To provide the same behavior with filter mapping, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.mapFiltersToAsterisk custom property to true. Setting the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.mapFiltersToAsterisk custom property to true causes the web container to recognize filter mappings to * as a filter mapping to /*. This custom property is not case-sensitive.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.mapFiltersToAsterisk false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.maxParamPerRequest

You can use this property to change the maximum number of parameters that are allowed in your inbound requests, based on your applications and environment. The maximum number of parameters allowed per inbound request (GET or POST) defaults to 10000.

You can set this property to -1 if you do not want to limit the number of parameters that can be included in a request.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.maxParamPerRequest 10000

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.metainfresourcescachesize

You can use this property to change the number of entries in the META-INF resource cache. The default for this property is 20.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.metainfresourcescachesize 20

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.modifiedFileNotFoundExceptionBehavior

When a file does not exist and is the target of an include or forward operation for a request dispatcher, a FileNotFoundException occurs. You enable this file not found exception behavior by setting this custom property to true and allowing the exception to be thrown when a file does not exist. If you set this property to false, the FileNotFoundException is suppressed as well as any logging of the failure. Also, if such a request results in a 404 exception, FFDCs are no longer created.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.modifiedFileNotfFoundExceptionBehavior true

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ModifiedSinceLaterThanFileTimeStamp

When this property is set to true, the web container returns a 304 response if the If-Modified-Since timestamp of the requested variant is newer than the timestamp of the target variant.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ModifiedSinceLaterThanFileTimeStamp false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.normalizerequesturi

Typically, request URI 404 errors do not occur if a request URI is submitted from a browser because most modern browsers automatically normalize a request URI before calling WebSphere Application Server. Therefore, by default, the web container does not normalize a request URI before trying to resolve that URI to an application and servlet mapping.

A request URI, that includes /./ or /../ as part of an application context, that has not been normalized, might fail with a 404 error. Similarly, a request URI, that includes /./" or /../ as part of a servlet path, that has not been normalized, fails to match a servlet mapping, which also results in a 404 error, even though the URI is normalized before resolving the URI to a JavaServer Pages (JSP) or static file.

You can set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.normalizerequesturi custom property to true and the web container normalizes these types of request URIs.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.normalizerequesturi false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.parseUTF8PostData

If the web container attempts to process a request that includes UTF-8 post data that is not URL encoded, the target resource accesses the post data as parameters. However, the UTF-8 data is not decoded correctly and the result data might be lost.

To resolve this issue, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.parseUTF8PostData custom property to true. When the web container processes parameters, it detects UTF-8 post data that is not URL encoded and includes the data in the parameter values.

To use this function, you must set the value to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.parseUTF8PostData false
[8.5.5.4 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.preserveRequestParameterValues

Use this custom property to preserve the original values of the parameter values used on the request.

The javax.servlet.ServletRequest.getParameterValues() method returns an array of String of the request parameter values. If this array of String is modified directly, the original request parameter values can be lost. Any subsequent call to javax.servlet.ServletRequest.getParameterValues() method returns the modified values.

To preserve the original request parameter values, you must set the value to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.preserveRequestParameterValues false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.provideQStringToWelcomeFile

Typically, when a request is initially sent to the context root of the application, the request is forwarded to a welcome file. If a query string is included in an initial request, it is unavailable to the welcome file if you included the request.getQueryString() attribute in the welcome file. However, the query string is available to the welcome file if you included the javax.servlet.forward.query_string attribute in the welcome file.

If you must use the request.getQueryString() attribute, instead of the javax.servlet.forward.query_string attribute, to make the query string available to the welcome file, add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.provideQStringToWelcomeFile custom property to your web container configuration and set the property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.provideQStringToWelcomeFile false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.redirectcontextroot

If set to true, and a request is made to the context root of an application with a missing trailing slash, the WebContainer appends the trailing slash. The WebContainer redirects to the URL with the appended slash before it applies any servlet filters defined in the application.

For example, a request to http://host:port/contextRoot is redirected to http://host:port/contextRoot/ before any filters are applied.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.redirectcontextroot false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.RedirectWithPathInfo

When the redirect location provided is a relative URL and is without a leading '/' then during the conversion of the relative URI value to an absolute URL, the server removes the PathInfo from the existing URI.

Set com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.RedirectWithPathInfo to true to ensure that existing PathInfo is not removed. The extra path information until the last trailing slash will be appended to the URI and then redirected to the resource.

Name Value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.RedirectWithPathInfo false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.removeAttributeForNullObject

By default, the getAttributeNames() method can return an attribute name whose value has been set to null if the value passed to the ServletRequest.setAttribute() or ServleContextt.setAttribute() method is null. This default behavior is not in accordance to the API.

If you want the web container to remove the attribute if the null object is passed to the ServletRequest.setAttribute() or ServleContextt.setAttribute() method, add this com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.removeAttributeForNullObject custom property to your web container configuration, and set the property to true.

Data type Default
Boolean false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.returnDefaultContextPath

Use the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.returnDefaultContextPath custom property to return the correct context path when an application is installed on the default context root. For example, when the property is set to true, the context path is set to an empty string for any application that is installed on the default context root.

Data type Default
Boolean False
[8.5.5.18 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.returnzeroendofinputstream

By default, when a servlet calls the java.io.InputStream.available method, the method can return a -1 value when the end of the data stream is reached. If your code allocates a new buffer when the returned value is -1, such as with the byte[InputStream.available()] code, a maximum integer buffer is created. This maximum integer buffer can cause your system to run out of memory. To avoid the out of memory condition, check the return value of the InputStream.available method and if it is less than the value of 0, do not allocate a new buffer. Alternatively, set this custom property to the true value so that the java.io.InputStream.available method returns a 0 value instead of a -1 value.

Data type Default
Boolean False

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.searchMetaInfResourcesDuringAppStart

Use the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.searchMetaInfResourcesDuringAppStart custom property to disable the enhanced feature when searching for the /META-INF/resources.

Data type Default
Boolean True

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SendResponseToClientAsPartOfSendRedirect

This property indicates whether a response is completed as part of a sendRedirect request. If this property is set to true, a response is completed as part of a sendRedirect request, and any post data associated with the request is not available for a read on return from sendRedirect.

The default value is false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SendResponseToClientAsPartOfSendRedirect false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SendResponseToClientWhenResponseIsComplete

This property indicates whether a response is completed on return from a forward request.

If this property is set to false, a response is not completed on return from a forward request. Instead, it is delayed until the target resource completes. Post data is available for a read after the forward completes.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SendResponseToClientAsPartOfSendRedirect true

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setcontenttypebysetheader

When autoResponseEncoding is enabled or when the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.contentTypeCompatibility property is set, the application server sets the content type of the response using an internal method. To enable setting the content-type using the ServletResponse.setContentType method instead, you need to set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setcontenttypebysetheader custom property to false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setcontenttypebysetheader true

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setAsyncDispatchRequestURI

If this property is set to true, the web container sets the current request URI as the target of the async dispatch.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setAsyncDispatchRequestURI false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ServeWelcomeFileFromExtendedDocumentRoot

Typically, the first time the web container handles a request for a static welcome page that is not a JavaServer Pages (JSP) file, the web container does not search the ExtendedDocumentRoot for the welcome file unless the request for that welcome file is fully qualified. If the request is fully qualified, the web container serves the welcome file, and the context root of the application displays the welcome file. If the request for the static welcome file is not fully qualified, the web container returns a 404 error, which indicates that the web container did not find the welcome file.

After the web container successfully serves a welcome file, the web container creates a mapping for that welcome file. The web container then uses this mapping to handle future requests for the welcome file, eliminating the need for subsequent requests to be fully qualified.

If you want the web container to always search an application defined ExtendedDocumentRoot for a welcome file, even if the request is not fully qualified, you can add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ServeWelcomeFileFromExtendedDocumentRoot custom property to your web container settings, and set this property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ServeWelcomeFileFromExtendedDocumentRoot false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ServletDestroyWaitTime

By default, when an application is stopped the web container waits up to 60 seconds for each active request for a resource of that application to complete. You can now define the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ServletDestroyWaitTime web container custom property to control the amount of time that the web container waits for an active request to complete when the owning application is stopped.

Set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ServletDestroyWaitTime custom property to an integer value, which specifies the number of seconds to wait for a request to complete. The default value is 60 seconds.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.ServletDestroyWaitTime 60

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setUnencodedHTMLinsendError

Typically, the web container encodes the specified error messages before formatting them, to prevent Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks on the client if the application does not sanitize these messages. However, the Java Servlet Specification for the sendError(int, String) method, indicates that the server should create the response to look like an HTML-formatted server error page.

If you do not want the web container to encode the specified error messages before formatting them, add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setUnencodedHTMLinsendError custom property to your web container configuration settings, and set the property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.setUnencodedHTMLinsendError false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.skipInputStreamReadOnError

If this property is set to true, the web container stops reading the remaining POST data if there has been an exception before or during the parsing of POST data.

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.skipInputStreamReadOnError custom property must be used in pair with the preventRequestBodyPurge channel custom property set to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.skipInputStreamReadOnError false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SkipMetaInfResourcesProcessing

The web container searches for static files and JavaServer Pages (JSP) files in different locations, depending on application configuration. A web fragment comprises a JAR file in an application WEB-INF/lib directory. The JAR file might include static resources in a META-INF/resources directory that are defined within the JAR file. To prevent the web container from searching the META-INF/resources directories, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SkipMetaInfResourcesProcessing web container custom property to true.

The default value for the custom property is false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.SkipMetaInfResourcesProcessing false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressErrorPageODRHeader

The web container adds a $WSEP HTTP header name for some error conditions (for example, a 403 error code). Certain applications or stack products cannot handle a dollar sign ($) as part of the header. If this property is set to true, the web container does not include the $WSEP header in the error page response, unless it finds a $WSPC header that is set to ErrorPage in the request. If the property is set to false, which is the default behavior, the web container will include the $WSEP header in the error page response.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressErrorPageODRHeader false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressheadersinrequest

The com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressheadersinrequest custom property can be used to suppress the inclusion of request headers that start with special characters, such as $ or _. Some applications do not handle request headers that start with special characters.

The value that is specified for this custom property is a delimited list of the header prefixes that you want to be suppressed.

Example:

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressheadersinrequest=$WS,_WS
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressheadersinrequest none

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressHtmlRecursiveErrorOutput

During a recursive error that an application-specified error page cannot handle, the stack trace and error message are output as an HTML page. This information includes class names and program information that the application developer does not want expose to the user.

You can set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressHtmlRecursiveErrorOutput web container custom property to suppress the HTML output of the error text, without changing the internal logging of the message. Set the custom property com.ibm.ws. webcontainer.suppressHtmlRecursiveErrorOutput to true to disable the HTML output of the error message to the user and present the user with blank page with a 500 error code.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressHtmlRecursiveErrorOutput false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLastZeroBytePackage

Typically, the last zero-byte chunk is used to indicate to a client the end of the response data in a chunked encoded transmission. Some applications use this last zero to determine when the response data is received, and they can start processing it. If an error occurs in the application after the response headers are sent, the last chunk of data is still sent to the client. The client might not realize that an error occurred, and attempt to process incomplete data.

If you set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLastZeroBytePackage custom property to true, if an error occurs in the application after the response headers are sent, the last chunk of data is not sent to the client.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLastZeroBytePackage false
[8.5.0.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLoggingFileNotFoundExceptions

The web container generates a severe error message with a FileNotFoundException stack trace in the Java virtual machine (JVM) logs when a missing file is requested. This might not be a severe error if the wrong file was accidentally requested. Set this property to true to generate a warning message in the JVM logs instead of a severe error message when a file is not found.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLoggingFileNotFoundExceptions false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLoggingWebGroupVhostNotFound

Set to a string value for a URI that you want message SRVE0255E suppressed. The specified request URI string is case insensitive. Only one request URI is supported and needs to match exactly before the error message is suppressed. No wild card usage is allowable in the string value specification.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLoggingWebGroupVhostNotFound empty
[8.5.0.2 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLoggingServiceRuntimeExcep

You can use this property to suppress the logging of any RuntimeException that occurs during service of a servlet.

By default, the Web container logs the exception of type RuntimeException in the JVM logs, if the exception occurs during the service of a servlet. When this property is set to true, the web container does not log any type of RuntimeException that occurs during service of a servlet.

Avoid trouble: Setting this property to true suppresses only the logging of exceptions of the type RuntimeException. Setting this property to true does not affect exceptions that are thrown back to the caller.
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressLoggingServiceRuntimeExcep false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressServletExceptionLogging

If a servlet creates an exception, it is logged to the system console. If you do not want the web container to log servlet-created exceptions, add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressServletExceptionLogging custom property to the web container configuration settings, and set the property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.suppressServletExceptionLogging false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.throwMissingJspException

Set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.throwMissingJspException custom property to true to create a FileNotFoundException when a resource that is included by a JSP file is missing. If this property is not set to true, an error page displays.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.throwMissingJspException false
[8.5.0.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.throwpostconstructexception

Set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.throwpostconstructexception custom property to true to propagate custom error messages to the error.xhtml file.

For transitioning users: The default value for this custom property changed from Version 7.0. In Version 7.0, the default value is false.
Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.throwpostconstructexception true
[8.5.5.2 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.transfercontextinasyncservletrequest

Dispatch of an asynchronous servlet request might cause a com.ibm.websphere.servlet.session.UnauthorizedSessionRequestException error. To ensure that the web container captures the security context of the thread which starts the asynchronous request and uses this during AsyncContext.dispatch(), AsyncContext.complete(), and AsyncContext.start() method calls, set the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.transfercontextinasyncservletrequest custom property to true. Its default value is false.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.transfercontextinasyncservletrequest false
[8.5.5.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.useOriginalRequestState

If a request is overridden or the application implemented the ServletRequest interface, the application might fail to serve the request because either the overridden or implemented request object, instead of the request object, is being used to handling of the request. To ensure that the request object is used to handle the request, add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.useOriginalRequestState custom property to the web container configuration settings, and set it to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.useOriginalRequestState false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.useSemiColonAsDelimiterInURI

If set to true, the web container ignores the semi-colon; everything after it is also ignored when calling javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest.getPathInfo().

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.useSemiColonAsDelimiterInURI false

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webgroupvhostnotfound

Error message SRVE0017W states Web Group not found: {0}, and error message SRVE0255 states A WebGroup/Virtual Host to handle {0} is not defined. These messages might be returned when the application that is called to process the request that is serviced by IBM® WebSphere Application Server is not found. You can use the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webgroupvhostnotfound custom property to change the text of these messages to text that is more suitable for your environment.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webgroupvhostnotfound none

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.xPoweredBy

This custom property enables you to configure the value of the X-Powered-By header, which supplies the implementation information of the server.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.xPoweredBy Servlet/3.0
[8.5.0.2 or later]

com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.allowMultipleAttributeValues

Set this property to true to allow the web container to store multiple values for a custom tag attribute.

Name Default value
com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.allowMultipleAttributeValues false

com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.convertAttrValueToString

Set the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.convertAttrValueToString web container custom property to true to convert start and end attributes of the repeat tag to strings before they are used.

Name Default value
com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.convertAttrValueToString false

com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableElCache

Set the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableElCache web container custom property to true to disable the commons-el expression cache if you are experiencing out of memory conditions because the hash maps are held by the expression evaluator.

Name Default value
com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableElCache false

com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableResourceInjection

The resource injection feature accesses resources in applications differently than it did in earlier versions of the product, and causes the compiled method output to be larger than it was previously. If you have large JSP files that in earlier releases pushed the 65535-byte limit in the translated service method, they might now exceed this limit, causing the compile to fail.

If you encounter this situation, you can either break a large JSP file into smaller JSP files, and use <jsp:include> statements to combine them after they are compiled, or you can add the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableResourceInjection custom property to your web container settings to disable the resource injection function during the JSP translation process. When the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableResourceInjection custom property is set to true, the resource injection function is disabled for all applications.

If you want only to disable the resource injection function for specific applications, you can add the disableResourceInjection JSP attribute to the ibm-web-ext.xmi files for those specific applications.

Name Default value
com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableResourceInjection false

com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableTldSearch

The com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableTldSearch custom property can be used to improve application startup time. By default, when an application starts, the JSP engine searches the application installation directories for the taglib descriptor (TLD) files. This search process might increase the startup time for large applications with many files and directories. To disable this search process, set this property to true.

Name Default value
com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.disableTldSearch false

com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.enabledoublequotesdecoding

Set the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.enabledoublequotesdecoding web container custom property to decode an encoded double quotation mark character if it is embedded in a script function within a JavaServer Pages (JSP) file.

The JSP Container does not decode an encoded double quotation mark character during the translation of a JSP file. Instead, there is a dependency on the browser to decode it. However, when an encoded double quotation mark character exists inside a script function of a tag, the browser cannot decode it. Thus, when this custom property is not set, the encoded double quotation mark character causes the script function to malfunction.

When you set this custom property, the value affects all of your deployed applications. If you want to affect an individual application, set the enableDoubleQuotesDecoding JSP attribute to true within the ibm-web-ext.xmi file in your application.

Name Default value
com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.enabledoublequotesdecoding false

com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.removexmlnsfromoutput

When the web container generates HTML code from a JSP document, the web container does not remove any xmlns attributes that are specified for tags in the JSP document. Therefore, when the JSP document is rendered on the browser, the xmlns attributes remain in the generated HTML code.

To ensure that the xmlns attributes are always removed from generated HTML code, add the com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.removexmlnsfromoutput custom property to your web container configuration settings and set this property to true.

When you set this custom property, the value affects all of your deployed applications. If you want to affect an individual application, set the removeXmlnsFromOutput JSP attribute to true within the ibm-web-ext.xmi file in your application.

Name Default value
com.ibm.wsspi.jsp.removexmlnsfromoutput false
[IBM i]

DebugSessionCrossover

The DebugSessionCrossover custom property enables code to perform additional checks to verify that only the session that is associated with the request is accessed or referenced. Messages are logged if any discrepancies are detected.

Deprecated: The use of the DebugSessionCrossover property as a web container custom property is deprecated. You can now define it as a session management custom property.

To enable session data crossover detection, set this property to true

Name Default value
DebugSessionCrossover false

Refer to the HTTP session problems article for additional information.

DecodeUrlAsUTF8

The UTF-8 encoded URL feature, which provides UTF-8 encoded Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) to support the double-byte characters in URLs is enabled by default. You can prevent the web container from explicitly decoding URLs in UTF-8 and have them use the ISO-8859 standard as per the current HTTP specification by setting this custom property to false.

Name Default value
DecodeUrlAsUTF8 true

DisableMultiThreadedServletConnectionMgmt

Use this property to enable connections to be reused across servlets. To use as a web container custom property from the administrative console:
  1. Click Application servers > server_name > Web container > Custom properties.
  2. Create the DisableMultiThreadedServletConnectionMgmt property and set its value to true.

When this property is enabled, if the connection handle is not closed and the servlet ends, the web container (as part of postinvoke), parks the connection and does not close the connection handle.

Name Default value
DisableMultiThreadedServletConnectionMgmt false
[8.5.5.1 or later]

com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.denyDuplicateFilterinChain

When an inbound request URI maps to multiple URL filter mappings the filter chain is updated with the same filter multiple times, causing the filter to be invoked multiple times for the same URI. If you add the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.denyDuplicateFilterinChain custom property to your web container settings and set this property to true, a filter is not added to a filter chain if it is already present in that chain.

Name Default value
com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.denyDuplicateFilterinChain false

enableInProcessConnections

Use the enableInProcessConnections custom property to reduce response times and to reduce the number of threads that are used to service a request, which reduces the potential for a deadlock. The custom property applies for JAX-RPC and JAX-WS scenarios, but not for JAX-RS scenarios.

There is an optimized communication path between a web services client application and a web container that are located in the same application server process. Requests from the web services client that are normally sent to the web container using a network connection are delivered directly to the web container using an optimized local path. The local path is available because the web services client application and the web container are running in the same process. This optimized communication path is disabled by default. Before enabling this property, make sure that wildcards are not specified for the web container ports. Use specific ports for the web container when the optimized communication path is enabled.

To enable the optimized communication path, set this property to true.

Name Default value
enableInProcessConnections false

Refer to the Web services client to web container optimized communication topic for additional information.

Avoid trouble: Some web services applications cannot safely share threads. If errors occur, also set the jaxws.useSafeIPC JVM property to true.

fileServingEnabled, directoryBrowsingEnabled, and serveServletsByClassnameEnabled

fileServingEnabled, directoryBrowsingEnabled, and similar properties are global settings for internal servlets. Web application archive (WAR) files that are packaged using third-party tools cannot specify behavior for the services that are exposed by the web container internal servlets.

You can use the fileServingEnabled, directoryBrowsingEnabled, and serveServletsByClassnameEnabled properties to globally enable and disable the fileServing, directoryBrowsing, and serveServletsByClassname functions for internal servlets for all web applications at the web container level.
  • Setting the fileServingEnabled, property to false disables the fileServing function.
  • Setting the directoryBrowsingEnabled, property to true enables the directoryBrowsing function.
  • Setting the serveServletsByClassnameEnabled property to true enables the serveServletsByClassnameEnabled function.
Name Default value
fileServingEnabled true
directoryBrowsingEnabled false
serveServletsByClassnameEnabled false

Settings that are defined in an assembly tool take precedence over the global settings that are set through the custom properties at the web container level.

Web application deployment extensions continue to hold configuration information for the services that are provided by the internal servlets, and take precedence over the global settings that are set through the custom properties at the web container level.

ForceSessionIdLengthCheck

Newly generated session IDs are, by default, 23 characters in length, unless you use the HttpSessionIdLength custom property to specify a different maximum length for your session IDs.

When an incoming request has a session ID that is longer than the expected session ID length, and whose prefix is identical to a pre-existing session ID, the longer ID is used to return a new session. If the length of the session ID on the incoming request is larger than the maximum length that is specified for your system, such that it exceeds the width of the ID column in the session table column that is used in database persistence, an SQL0302 error occurs.

To prevent the occurrence of these SQL0302 errors, you can add the ForceSessionIdLengthCheck custom property to your web container custom properties and set it to true. When this custom property is set to true, the length of a session ID cannot exceed 23 characters. If an incoming request has a session ID that is longer than 23 characters, the first 23 characters are used to return a new session.

Name Default value
ForceSessionIdLengthCheck false

ForceSessionInvalidationMultiple

The ForceSessionInvalidationMultiple custom property indicates whether the session manager should wait indefinitely for a request to complete before attempting to invalidate the session, or attempt to invalidate a session after the specified time limit has elapsed.

  • If you specify 0 (zero) for this custom property, the session manager waits indefinitely until a request is complete before attempting to invalidate the session.

    If your requests normally are not bound by a response time limit, specify 0 for this property.

  • If you specify a positive integer, such as 1, 2, or 3 for this custom property, even if a session is not known to have completed, the session manager attempts to invalidate the session if the indicated time period since the last access occurred has elapsed. This time period is the result of multiplying the value that is specified for this property and the value that is specified for the Session Timeout property. For example, if you specify 2 minutes for the Session Timeout property and 2 for the ForceSessionInvalidationMultiple property, the session manager attempts to invalidate the session after 4 minutes.

    If you want to invalidate your sessions after a certain amount of time has elapsed, specify the appropriate positive integer for this property.

Name Default value
ForceSessionInvalidationMultiple 1

httpsIndicatorHeader

The custom property httpsIndicatorHeader manages HTTPS requests that are forwarded to an application server from an SSL offloader that is used in front of WebSphere Application Server. When an HTTPS request is received by an SSL offloader, it is redirected over HTTP to an application server using WebSphere Application Server. The SSL offloader must be configured to add a special header indicating that the original request was over HTTPS. The httpsIndicatorHeader property specifies the request header key name added by the SSL box. The application server checks this indicator to determine whether SSL is required. If it determines the request is SSL over HTTP, an HTTPS scheme is chosen.

Name Default value
httpsIndicatorHeader none

HttpSessionIdReuse

The custom property HttpSessionIdReuse determines whether the session manager can use the session ID sent from a browser to preserve session data across web applications that are running in an environment that is not configured for session persistence. In a multi-JVM environment, that is not configured for session persistence, setting this property to true enables the session manager to use the same session information for all user requests, even if the web applications that are handling these requests are governed by different JVM files. The default value for this property is false.

Deprecated: The use of the HttpSessionIdReuse property as a web container custom property is deprecated. You now define this functionality as a session management custom property.

To enable the session manager to use the session ID sent from a browser to preserve session data across web applications that are running in an environment that is not configured for session persistence, set this property to true.

Name Default value
HttpSessionIdReuse false

listeners

The servlet specification supports applications registering listeners for servlet-related events on an individual application basis through the web.xml descriptor. However, using the listeners custom property, you can enable a server to listen to servlet events across web applications.

To implement global listening, a listener is registered at the web container level and is propagated to all of the installed and new web applications. This global behavior of internal servlet listeners is controlled by the listeners custom property by using the following name-value pair format.
listeners=listener_class
Name Default value
listeners none

The value for this property is a string, specifying a comma-separated list of listener classes. The listener that is supplied must implement standard listener classes from the Java Servlet API or IBM listener extension classes.

prependSlashToResource

WebSphere Application Server 5.x supports Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) without leading front slashes ( / ). To preserve compatibility, you can set this custom property to true. When this property is set to true, the web container ignores the specification and considers URLs without the leading front slash, use the following name-value pair.

Name Default value
prependSlashToResource false

trusted

The trusted custom property enables the application server to use inbound private headers from the web server plug-in. These inbound private headers notify the application server about the connection to the web server. When you set the custom property to true, the application server uses the asserted information on the client certificates. These client certificates are used by the user to connect to the web server and establish the client information, which is treated as the certificate for the user. Then, the application server uses the certificate information for authentication purposes when client certificate authentication is used or when the application code accesses the javax.net.ssl.peer_certificates certificates. Because this information is asserted, it is insecure and potentially vulnerable to an attacker that is able to connect directly to the application server and bypass the web server.

[8.5.5.16 or later]The HTTP transport channel custom properties of trustedHeaderOrigin and trustedSensitiveHeaderOrigin control whether these inbound private headers are trusted. By default, the trustedSensitiveHeaderOrigin custom property is set to none so that no sensitive private headers are trusted. The trustedHeaderOrigin custom property is set to * so that all non-sensitive private headers are trusted from any host. These new properties accept a list of IP addresses, which, if configured, define the hosts from which private headers are trusted. However, if this trusted property is set to false, the configurations of the trustedHeaderOrigin custom property and the trustedSensitiveHeaderOrigin custom property are overridden, and no inbound private headers are processed.

Important: If you allow direct connections to the application server and use client certificates, you must set this custom property to false.
Name Default value
trusted true
[8.5.5.3 or later]

setContentLengthOnClose

Toggle whether or not the content length should be set when an application explicitly closes the response.

The default and recommended value is true. However, set the value false if an application response contains double-byte characters.

Name Default value
setContentLengthOnClose true