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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject [STATUS] (apache-1.3) Sun Mar 1 23:45:37 EST 1998
Date Mon, 02 Mar 1998 04:45:39 GMT
Apache 1.3 STATUS:

Release:

    2.0  : In pre-alpha development
	    see: <http://www.arctic.org/~dgaudet/apache/2.0/process-model>
    1.3b6: in development
    1.3b5: Tagged APACHE_1_3b5 and released
    1.3b4: Internal version... not tagged or released.
    1.3b3: Released and announced
    1.3b1: There is no 1.3b1

Current Modes:

    o Commit-Then-Review (see <http://dev.apache.org/guidelines.html#ctr>

Plan:

Showstoppers:

Committed Code Changes:

    (Do we really have to keep this up to date?? It's the same as what's
    in src/CHANGES -djg)

Available Patches:

    * M.D.Parker's [PATCH] mod_status/1448: Status Information have version
	<Pine.LNX.3.95dg3.971121113953.29532D-100000@twinlark.arctic.org>
	Status: Dean +1, Martin +0 (duplicates /server-info?server),
		Alexei -1 (shared lib concerns)

Concepts:

    * Dean's [PRE-PATCH] expanding ap_snprintf()
	<Pine.LNX.3.95dg3.971023233600.4431I-100000@twinlark.arctic.org>
	Status: Dean +1, Ben +1, Jim 0, Martin 0, Brian +1(?), Ken +1
	See <Pine.LNX.3.95dg3.971024175935.25347U-100000@twinlark.arctic.org>
	for a more up-to-date idea (int vformatter) that has a
	vote of +1 from Dean, Ben, Martin, Paul, Jim, and Ken for concept

In progress:

    * Martin Kraemer's [PATCH] Parsing URI into its components 
      This has "evolved" into a new module: util_uri. Martin
      will post when it's at a state where he's happy with it.
      Ken would like to see it in libap instead of libmain.

    * Dean's [PATCH] yet another slow function
        <Pine.LNX.3.95dg3.980106142612.1054W-100000@twinlark.arctic.org>
	Status: Dean +1, Jim +1, Martin +1, Paul +1
	Needs to be redone so that it better supports non-ascii hosts.

    * Ken's IndexFormat enhancement to mod_autoindex to allow
      CustomLog-like tailoring of directory listing formats

Needs patch:

    * Dean's "locale" project
	See <Pine.LNX.3.95dg3.971219001345.7010F-100000@twinlark.arctic.org>
    
    * os_ abstract is_only_below() in mod_include.c

    * proxy security fixes from 1.2.5 need to be brought forward

    * DoS created by the lame hostname lookup code in check_fulluri, which
	should be part of the proxy and not in the core

    * Documentation for:
      1) htdocs/manual/sourcereorg.html and other files should mention 
         new mod_so capabilities.
      2) windows.html should be cleaned up.

Closed issues:

    * Removal of inetd mode
	Ken says he'll try to maintain it, since there are
	people/places who need it

    * The decision has been made to experiment with allowing code
      changes to be committed without prior review.

    * Guidelines for commit-then-review are documented at
      <http://dev.apache.org/guidelines.html#ctr>

    * The "apache" CVS module has been renamed to "apache-1.2" and the
      "apachen" module to "apache-1.3".  "apache-1.3" has been copied
      to "apache-2.0", but whether that's appropriate or not is
      under discussion.  A couple of people want that module to
      start empty rather than full of 1.3's stuff.

Open issues:

    * Provide consistant prefixes; suggestions:

      Apache provided general functions (e.g., ap_cpystrn)
	ap_xxx: Ken +1, Brian +1, Ralf +1, Martin +1

      Public API functions (e.g., palloc)
	apapi_xxx: Ken +1, Brian +1, Ralf +1, Martin +1
	appublic_xxx:
	appub_xxx:

      Private functions which we can't make static
      but should be (e.g., new_connection)
	apprivate_xxx:
	appri_xxx: Brian +1
	httpd_xxx: Ken +1
	apint_xxx: Ralf +1 (int = internal)

    * Ken's [POLL] apachen/patches directory
      Shall we experiment with allowing patches to be distributed for
      voting through cvs, by creating a directory under the source tree
      and putting them there?  Please vote.
	<34B8EE39.43F32BE0@Golux.Com>
	Status: Ken +1, Randy 0, Dean 0, Jim +1, Paul 0, Martin +1, Ralf 0

    * Paul would like to see a 'gdbm' option because he uses
      it a lot. Dean notes that 'gdbm' include 'db' support
      so we need to watch the library ordering.

	Dean notes:  Check rev 1.72 -> rev 1.73 of
	src/Configuration.tmpl.  I re-ordered mod_auth_dbm and
	mod_auth_db at this time, and I'm pretty sure it was to
	deal with this issue.  But I think I still ran into
	troubles if I automatically looked for gdbm.

    * What do we call the binary: apache or httpd? Under UNIX
      it's httpd, under Win32 it's apache. Maybe rename it
      to apache-httpd?
	apache-httpd: Ken +1
        leave it apache: Brian +1, Ralf +1

    * Maybe a http_paths.h file? See
	<Pine.BSF.3.95q.971209222046.25627D-100000@valis.worldgate.com>
	Dean +1, Brian +1

    * Release builds: Should we provide Configuration or not?
      Should we 'make all suexec' in src/support?
	Ken +1 (possible suexec path issue, though)
        Brian +1

    * root's environment is inherited by the Apache server. Jim, Ken &
      Dean thinks we should recommend using 'env' to build the
      appropriate environment. Marc and Alexei don't see any
      big deal. Martin says that not every "env" has a -u flag.

    * 206 vs. 200 issue on Content-Length
	See <Pine.BSF.3.95q.971102000930.5555B-100000@valis.worldgate.com>
	Roy says current behavior is correct, but Alexei disagrees.
	Marc sides with Alexei.

    * Marc's socket options like source routing (kill them?)
	Marc, Dean, Martin say Yes

    * Marc's [BUG] include virtual and SCRIPT_NAME w/path_info
	<Pine.BSF.3.95.970928122038.21692C-100000@alive.znep.com>

    * Ken's PR#1053: an error when accessing a negotiated document
      explicitly names the variant selected.  Should it do so, or should
      the base input name be referenced?


Win32 specific issues:

 Open issues:

    * Should ApacheCore.dll be merged back into the main server
      image?  May make debugging easier..

 In progress:

    * Ben's ASP work... All agree it sounds cool.

    * DDA's adding a tray application to the Windoze version for ease of
      status/management.
	<01BCDB29.2C04DEB0@caravan.individual.com>
	<01BCDB2A.F8C09010@caravan.individual.com>
	Status: Ken +1, Sameer +1, Martin +1, Ben +1 (as long as
	we get a single executable)
	Paul: No like Win95 specific stuff
	Ken: What's W95-specific about it?

 Help:

    * process/thread model
	- need dynamic thread creation/destruction, similar to 
	  Unix process model
	- can't use WaitForMultipleObjects in the same way we
	  do now, since that has a limit of 64(!) objects.  Grr.
	  PR#1665

    * some errors printed by CGIs to stderr don't end up making it
      to the server log unless an extra debugging message is added
      after they run? (PR#1725 indicates this may not be just Win32)

    * bad use of chdir in some places; it isn't thread-specific

    * handle bugs that make it pop up errors on console, ie. segv 
      equiv?  Can we do this?  Need to make it robust.

    * install
	- make installshield work
	- config in cvs tree?
	- install docs, etc.?
	- location for install

    * signal type handling
    	- how to rotate logs from command line?

    * the mutex should be critical-regions, since the current design
      is creating a mess of SO calls that are unnecessary

    * we don't mmap on NT.  Use TransmitFile?

    * CGIs
        - hangs on multiple CGI execution?  PR#1607,1129
    	    Marc can't repeat...
	- docs on how they work w/scripts
	- use registry to find interpreter?
	- WTF is the buffering coming from?
	    - we don't have a way to make non-blocking files on NT!

    * performance

    * documentation:
	- running the server without admin
	- how CGIs work
	- update README.NT
	- short/long name handling
	- better status page on current state of NT for users

    * http_main.c hell
	- split into two files?

    * who should run the service?  Who exactly is the "system account"?

      docs say:

      Localsystem is a very privileged account locally, so you shouldn't run
      any shareware applications there. However, it has no network privileges
      and cannot leave the machine via any NT-secured mechanism, including
      file system, named pipes, DCOM, or secure RPC.

      and:

      A service that runs in the context of the LocalSystem account
      inherits the security context of the SCM. It is not associated with
      any logged-on user account and does not have credentials (domain
      name, user name, and password) to be used for verification. This
      has several implications: [... removed ...]


      That _really_ sucks.  Can we recommend running Apache as some 
      other user?


    * need a crypt() of some sort.
	- sources are easy; problem is export restrictions on DES
	- if we don't do DES, can do md5

    * modules that need to be made to work on win32
        - mod_example isn't multithreadreded
	- mod_unique_id (needs mt changes)
	- mod_auth_db.c  (do we want to even try this?  We should have some
          db of some sort... what else can we pick from under win32?)
	- mod_auth_dbm.c
	- mod_info.c (PR re exporting symbols for it...)
	- mod_log_agent.c
	- mod_log_referer.c
	- mod_mime_magic.c (needs access to mod_mime API stage...)

    * do something to disable bogus warnings

WIN32 1.3 FINAL RELEASE SHOWSTOPPERS:

    * SECURITY: PR#1203 still needs to be dealt with for WIN32

    * SECURITY: check if the magic con/aux/nul/etc names do anything
	really bad

    * SECURITY: numerous uses of strcpy and strcat have potential
	for buffer overflow, someone should rewrite or verify
	they're safe

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