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From Marc Slemko <ma...@znep.com>
Subject Re: 1.3.6 -> 1.3.11 giving problems
Date Fri, 04 Feb 2000 16:25:32 GMT
On Fri, 4 Feb 2000, Eugene Lee wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 03, 2000 at 02:23:34PM -0700, Marc Slemko wrote:
> :
> :Does your hostname have an underscore in it?
> :
> :The (poor) decision to reject all such hostnames in 1.3.11 was made,
> :without properly documenting that.
> 
> Was the decision itself poor, or was the lack of documentation for that
> decision poor?  If the former, why?  No underscores is a DNS requirement
> that all TCP/IP apps must obey.

Both.

Apache should not suddenly change to reject a behaviour that many users
use without notifying them or providing any workaround or even providing
a useful error.  Especially since this change was slipped in under the
pretense of a security fix.

I also don't really see it fit for Apache to be the thing enforcing a
silly rule that has only mild support from various standards.  The
historical basis for this rule isn't as strong as many people like to
claim and, once again, it was pushed into BIND, etc. as a "security issue"
because some machines may interpret "_" as a command separator or some
such nonsense.


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