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From Jim Jagielski <>
Subject [ANNOUNCEMENT] Apache HTTP Server 1.3.29 Released
Date Wed, 29 Oct 2003 13:47:50 GMT

                    Apache HTTP Server 1.3.29 Released

    The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache HTTP Server Project are
    pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.29 of the Apache HTTP
    Server ("Apache").  This Announcement notes the significant changes
    in 1.3.29 as compared to 1.3.28.  The Announcement is also available
    in German from

    This version of Apache is principally a bug and security fix release.
    A partial summary of the bug fixes is given at the end of this 
    A full listing of changes can be found in the CHANGES file.  Of
    particular note is that 1.3.29 addresses and fixes 1 potential
    security issue:

      o CAN-2003-0542 (
        Fix buffer overflows in mod_alias and mod_rewrite which occurred 
        one configured a regular expression with more than 9 captures.

    We consider Apache 1.3.29 to be the best version of Apache 1.3 
    and we strongly recommend that users of older versions, especially of
    the 1.1.x and 1.2.x family, upgrade as soon as possible.  No further
    releases will be made in the 1.2.x family.

    Apache 1.3.29 is available for download from:

    This service utilizes the network of mirrors listed at:

    Please consult the CHANGES_1.3 file for a full list of changes.

    As of Apache 1.3.12 binary distributions contain all standard Apache
    modules as shared objects (if supported by the platform) and include
    full source code.  Installation is easily done by executing the
    included install script.  See the README.bindist and INSTALL.bindist
    files for a complete explanation.  Please note that the binary
    distributions are only provided for your convenience and current
    distributions for specific platforms are not always available.  Win32
    binary distributions are based on the Microsoft Installer (.MSI)
    technology.  While development continues to make this installation 
    more robust, questions should be directed to the newsgroup.

    For an overview of new features introduced after 1.2 please see

    In general, Apache 1.3 offers several substantial improvements over
    version 1.2, including better performance, reliability and a wider
    range of supported platforms, including Windows NT and 2000 (which
    fall under the "Win32" label), OS2, Netware, and TPF threaded

    Apache is the most popular web server in the known universe; over 
    of the servers on the Internet are running Apache or one of its

    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APACHE USERS:   Apache 1.3 was designed for Unix 
    variants.  While the ports to non-Unix platforms (such as Win32, 
    or OS2) are of an acceptable quality, Apache 1.3 is not optimized for
    these platforms.  Security, stability, or performance issues on these
    non-Unix ports do not generally apply to the Unix version, due to
    software's Unix origin.

    Apache 2.0 has been structured for multiple operating systems from 
    inception, by introducing the Apache Portability Library and MPM 
    Users on non-Unix platforms are strongly encouraged to move up to
    Apache 2.0 for better performance, stability and security on their

                      Apache 1.3.29 Major changes

   Security vulnerabilities

      * CAN-2003-0542 (
        Fix buffer overflows in mod_alias and mod_rewrite which occurred 
        one configured a regular expression with more than 9 captures.

   New features

    New features that relate to specific platforms:

      * Enabled RFC1413 ident functionality for both Win32 and
        NetWare platforms.  This also included an alternate thread safe
        implementation of the socket timout functionality when querying
        the identd daemon.

   Bugs fixed

    The following noteworthy bugs were found in Apache 1.3.28 (or 
    and have been fixed in Apache 1.3.29:

      * Within ap_bclose(), ap_pclosesocket() is now called consistently
        for sockets and ap_pclosef() for files.  Also, closesocket()
        is used consistenly to close socket fd's.  The previous
        confusion between socket and file fd's would cause problems
        with some applications now that we proactively close fd's to
        prevent leakage.  PR 22805.

      * Fixed mod_usertrack to not get false positive matches on the
        user-tracking cookie's name.  PR 16661.

      * Prevent creation of subprocess Zombies when using CGI wrappers
        such as suEXEC and cgiwrap.  PR 21737.

  Jim Jagielski   [|]   [|]
     "A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order
            will lose both and deserve neither" - T.Jefferson

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