In this issue
After fixes for the three problematic
mod_include bugs covered previously were checked in,
another emerged and prompted the ever-prolific André Malo to
rewrite most of the code in the module. The edge cases in the
filtering logic have been eliminated and the cleaner code will
hopefully prove to easier to maintain.
Releases are pending from both the stable 2.0 tree and the
unstable 2.1 tree; the 2.0.48 release will include useful
improvements to mod_deflate along with the usual
horde of bug fixes. The first release from the 2.1 tree will pave
the way towards a stable "2.2" release; this prompted discussion
of some design issues with the filter interface which are yet to
The "zombie CGI process" bug introduced in the 1.3.28 release
(BZ#21737) was fixed once, then fixed again, after it was
discovered the original check-in did not solve the problem on some
platforms; the final
patch can be retrieved from the CVS repository.
From the editors
We've had a few emails from people who have wondered why we've
missed out so many issues of Apache Week this year. We decided
some time ago that rather than fill up your inboxes with lower
quality padding, we'd sometimes miss out issues if there is
nothing much exciting to report about. We've also all been out on
holidays and we're a little light on staff as long-time Apache
Week author, Min Min Tsan, has left Red Hat to pursue other
opportunities. Many thanks Min Min for your two years of Featured
Articles and reviews.
Apache Newsletter Launched
The first issue of the official Apache Newsletter was
launched a couple of weeks ago. The monthly newsletter aims to
cover all of the Apache Software Foundation projects and is packed
with development news as well as details of all the new releases.
Preparations are now well underway for ApacheCon 2003, with the
organisers taking a gamble and betting that people will
want to go back to same venue in Las Vegas as ApacheCon 2002.
The conference schedule isn't yet online but a number of
bloggers have already worked out a way to subvert the Apache IRC
channel bot to work out that their sessions were accepted. These
include "Developing Web
Applications with CGI::Application", "Scheduled Advanced
Apache Administration with Perl", "PHP Attacks and
Defense", and "Apache
Security Secrets Revealed"
Apache Week will be there as always to report on the festivities,
but it is nothing like being there in person and being able to talk to
the members that actually write the software. We'd suggest you mark
off November 16th to the 19th in your calendars in anticipation of
Apache powers two-thirds of all servers
In this month's web
server survey from Netcraft, Apache leaps up to
take over 67% market share, the first time it has been over the
Meanwhile Information Week report that "Microsoft
Takes Linux For A Test Drive", and installs Apache in their
Enterprise Engineering Centre. No doubt in order to learn how to
compete with the market leader.
An Apache J2EE Implementation
Also last month, the Apache Software Foundation announced that
they would start incubation of a new project with the aims to
develop an open source, Apache-licensed, implementation of the
J2EE specification. More details are available from the article
at internetnews.com or from the
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
TechRepublic look at what it takes to "Protect
your Apache server from DoS attacks". The article gives a good
introduction to what the different types of Denial of Service attack are
and how they impact on users running Apache servers, and ends with
a look at the third party mod_dosevasive module.
In "mod_rewrite: No
More Endless Loops!", Andrea Rossignoli takes a look at the recent
addition to the RewriteOptions directive,
MaxRedirects. This tutorial shows how to
configure and use the directive and how it can protect against mistakes
when creating mod_rewrite rules.
Sun have produced a case study, "Porting
Apache Web Server from Solaris OS, SPARC Platform Edition to x86
Platform Edition" which gives a step by step guide to download,
compile, install, and run, Apache 2 on Solaris.