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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Subject [STATUS] Monday, April 7, 17:07am PDT
Date Tue, 08 Apr 1997 00:09:31 GMT

1.2b8 status as of Mon Apr  7 17:07:48 PDT 1997

  * Committed since 1.2b7:

    * HP MPE/iX fixes
    * replace bcopy with memmove for ANSIfriendliness
    * UXP/DS(V20) port
    * MachTen fine tuning
    * PR#186: Make declaration of add_env_variable agree with definiton.
    * PR#210: Missing semicolon.
    * Correctly handle Swedish filenames
    * buff.c header include fixes
    * create_argv() fixes
    * remove cleanups from bpushfd()
    * help avoid virtual host confusion
    * PR#40: include path_info for error when file doesn't exist
    * PR#59: os/2: allow for cgi files without the .EXE extension
    * missing header_parser slots in modules
    * PR#146, PR#187: is_url() not HTTP/1.1 conformant
    * log long headers in case it is an attack
    * PR#194: ErrorDocument broken due to an optimization in 1.2b7
    * PR#190: Reduced IdentityCheck timeout to 30 seconds
    * PR#160: invoke_handler() doesn't handle mime arguments
    * memory management goof in alloc.c
    * support/Makefile.tmpl and LIBS
    * deal with long hostnames at gethostname() call
    * clear memory allocated for listeners
    * PR#212: improved handling of ip addresses in VirtualHost
    * mod_neg iso-8859-1 fixup and other cleanups
    * workaround a compiler bug that causes sunos 4.x to panic
    * don't count starting servers as idle
    * document dangers of "UserDir ./" and need to protect <Directory />
    * problem with proper per-connection counting
    * infinite loop with trailing slash and type map
    * vhost error log not set when initialized
    * improved modules/Makefile generation
    * PR#234,143: per_dir_config incorrectly set for name-based vhosts
    * tighten email on anonymous logging
    * big header table sending and persistence fixes
    * garbage_coll() not called in proxy if filsystem full
    * PR#105: continue after DNS errors and document vhosts better
    * errno cleanup
    * "make clean" bombs if no subdirectory modules are used
    * iso-8859-1 selected even if other acceptable
    * handle multiple Configurations without warning
    * bug reporting changes
    * use shmget on linux
    * PR#246: AuthAuthoritative goofup
    * mod_rewrite 3.0.2
    * PR#276: host port changed to unsigned short
    * PR#122: Dean's wild-guess patch for 3 second CGI problem
    * Correct status when POSTing to bad URL, proxy to origin (ends FAQ)
    * mod_negotiation: not copying headers, and more memory fixes
    * broken modules/Makefile (again)
    * NO_LINGCLOSE defined for SunOS
    * broken modules/Makefile (one more time..)
    * Brian Moore's FIX to stuck children with proxy
    * Fix more timeout sillyness
    * timeout fixes for the proxy
    * PR#214: fix docs on access control for proxy
    * Last lingering cleanup, setsockopt error messages (with Marc's changes)
    * including dump location in error_log
    * mod_negotiation update for "big header table sending..."
    * table_do has improper prototype
    * sub_req_lookup_simple bug fixes take 3
    * suexec doesn't close log file
    * info.html update


Time to tarball, right?

  * Tarball 1.2b8 Monday, for release on Tuesday (before 8pm :-).
    Who is going to do the tarball, since I'll be travelling northward?
    I recommend updating the MODULE_MAGIC_NUMBER to 19970407 first.

  * WWW6 BOF, Tuesday 8pm at Santa Clara Convention Center, Ballroom A/B
       Attending: Roy, Alexei, Dean, Brian[?], Sameer[?], Doug MacEachern

Agenda for 1.2b8-dev

Patches available:

  * Dean's [PATCH] more signed/unsigned port cleanups
        Status: +1 Dean  [Note: changes mod_rewrite.c]
                +1 Roy (but only if mod_rewrite 3.0.3 is committed first)

Not yet patches:

  * Update to mod_rewrite 3.0.3?  Fix signed port.

1.2 Showstoppers with no patches yet:

  * redirect of index file causes SEGV [Marc]
	Status: have a way to stop the core dump, but that doesn't make
	it work properly.
	See also: <>

  * SEGV under FreeBSD with lingering_close [and proxy?]
        Chuck says: Roy's latest timeout patches have stopped the lingering
        close notifications, but the core dumps continue. The dumped image
        is so trashed that it can't be backtraced. I believe the reason we
        haven't seen more reports is that FreeBSD and perhaps Linux are
        disabling core dumps by default as a security measure.

Documentation Changes that should make 1.2:

  * Ken's Partially-updated draft FAQ r-f-c
    Currently at <>
        Status: +1 Roy, Paul S.

  * mod_example.c illustration of command handler call semantics for
    the different directive argument types (et alia).  +1 Dirk, Chuck,
    but needs work.  I'll try to flesh this out in the next few days if
    these mean "+1 to including in distribution".  +1 from Ralf.
    ... and more work ...
    And Ken says check it all out at <http://Example.Remulak.DECUS.Org:9000/>

  * some better suexec docs would be really nice, detailing some of the
    security risks and compromises discussed
	Status: I think Randy said something about doing it at one point.
		Randy says he thinks Jason is perhaps doing them.
                [And Roy says: either somebody needs to document how it
                 works (I don't know), or I'll go through and remove the
                 documentation about how "good" it is to use it.]

  * Document problems with mismatch on FD_SETSIZE=1024?

  * Navigator 3.01 and 4.0b2 says image is corrupt if Server field contains
    Server: Apache/1.2b8-dev mod_perl/0.94
        Status: definitely document, maybe hack a fix

Not in 1.2b8:

  * Fix mod_negotiation to follow latest TCN draft

  * Petr Lampa's [PATCH] mod_dir redirect&negotiation problems
        If subrequest returns redirect or not acceptable, copy headers
        and return immediately.

  * Doug MacEachern's [PATCH] merge dbm auth configs
        Status: The question is, should we be merging auth configs?
                Ken says not by default and not unless it's configurable.

  * [BUG?] /cgi-bin/foo/bar%2fbaz
    unescape_url in util.c is forbidding %2f in PATH_INFO.
    The problem is that we use the %2f check to avoid security problems
    with stupid scripts.  Roy thinks the best solution would be to
    decode all %2f's before doing any processing on the path, and thus
    reduce %2f.. to /.. before doing the path checks.  This makes it
    impossible to have a filename containing slash, but no big deal.

  * [BUG]: "SSI stopped working in 1.2b7" on Solaris 2.x (fwd)

  * suexec/269: Server-side include exec cmd with suEXEC bug

  * redo lingering_close to check for old sockets to close out before
    accept() in child.
	Status: doesn't look to be overly clean to do in the current
	framework.  Will not have time to do implementation for this
	beta in any case.  If it turns out to be a big issue,
	could go in later.  (1.2.1?)

  * Marc wants to have a check to be sure
    log directory(ies) isn't writable by anyone except the user starting
    the server.  The posting in bugtraq only highlites the problem.
    Needs override.  See NCSA code for sample implem.
	Status: Marc busy writing

  * CGIs don't get PIPE under FreeBSD; under Solaris they get a TERM
    and then a PIPE in close succession.  Hmm.  Marc will look when
    he gets a chance.

  * Solaris "accept: Too many levels of remote in path" [marc]

  * error compiling on NeXT:
	In file included from http_main.c:108:
	/NextDeveloper/Headers/bsd/netinet/tcp.h:57: duplicate member `th_off'
	/NextDeveloper/Headers/bsd/netinet/tcp.h:58: duplicate member `th_x2'

	Status: got a login in a NeXT OpenStep 4.x machine to test,
	looks like an interaction between gcc and the header
	files.  It is trying to include definitions for both big and
	little endian platforms, and that no work.

  * Type map can't find appropriate document for language on Solaris
    2.x.  (I can't gistify this one; full details in message ID
    Reporter has provided tar.gz file of config info.
    (no PR#, 1.2b7, 24/2/1997, <>)
        Status: Dean might have fixed this one (the table overlay bug)

  * <IMG SRC="a CGI"> crates [sic] zombies on FreeBSDLinux
    (see <>
    for the details; I'm not going to try to decode 'em)  Reporter
    says hackers have told it the cause lies in an error in the loop
    structure in alloc.c's fork()/signal()/wait() handling
    (no PR#, 1.1.1/1.2.something (?), 23/2/1997, <>)
      - Marc said it *might* be related to the kindercide issue

  * SONY NEWS port.  See both:
    Jim working on a patch, but not until after 1.2b8

  * [BUG]: "mod_dld problem: variable in httpd_config.c counted wrong"on Irix
    <> and
    Dirk says he's got something to fix it that needs some work.


    Chuck thinks all of these are solved using the method presented by
    Joe D.  Chuck will include correspondence from folks who have successfully
    run Apache on all known versions of UnixWare.

    * SIGTERM to parent on UnixWare kills it but leaves children as
	zombies, requiring reboot.  SIGHUP reloads it fine when it's
	running. (no PR#, 1.2b6, 21/2/1997, <>)

    * Randy says "seems that the processes on a Unixware machine are
	eventually all dying off. Mind you, I have not seen this, but
	that is what is being reported.  Sounds like perhaps the server is not
	respawning new children after MaxRequestsPerChild has been reached."

Contrib stuff / future:
  * Start digital signing the distributions.

  * PR#161 -- mod_dir performance with negotiation
	Status: Petr posted patch, Dean +1 on part
	Petr posted query about how it should be redone.

  * Chris Adams <> patch to mod_log_config to add %m and %c.

  * "Large groups cause authentication errors" on FreeBSD
      []; problem looks to be MAX_STRING_LEN buffer
      in groups_for_user.

  * mod_log_config patch for conditional logging
	Status: contrib, not in server

  * Jim has patch for time taken to handle a request in status module

  * Ed has an updated patch for limiting connections per IP

  * mod_include could use boyer-moore searching for <!--# and/or it could
    mmap the file.

  * add some setlocale stuff?

  * status module available from .htaccess files; Ken posted patch

  * status report shows PIDs in empty slots, user supplied some sort
     of patch; behavior now is correct, but perhaps some cleanup of
     how the results are displayed could be done after 1.2...

  * Marc proposed keeping a list of things broken for HTTP/1.1; on the
      Web or part of the distribution?
      (no PR#, 1.2, 21/2/1997, "Marc Slemko" <>)
        - Chuck likes the idea (hopefully will reduce redundant
    	  reports); thinks it should be on the Web
        - Ken thinks it should be in the htdocs tree so it hits both
	- Chuck gives +1 to Ken's idea, so does Ralf

  * Rob's "DONE" status response check for die()
	Roy says it's a feature... Dean agrees, thinks we should slate
	something for 2.0 that can handle this cleanly.

  * provided a patch for mod_imap to make it more
    friendly with MS FrontPage map files.  Available in

  * Dean's gif89 and expires hack

  * mod_userdir needs a DisallowUserDir directive, a la ftp.deny, to
    restrict user names that can be accessed.  Ken says maybe
    "UserDir disabled [user [...]]".

  * get_local_host and NIS patch fo SunOS 4

  * internationalized documentation

  * pagecounter extension to mod_include

  * mod_expires improvements from "Miguel A.L. Paraz" <>
    at <>

  * add is_initial_req() function

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