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From "Brian J. France" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH 40026] ServerTokens Off
Date Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:56:45 GMT

On Aug 2, 2006, at 3:57 AM, William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:

> Sebastian Nohn wrote:
>> please take the time to read it before voting against the proposal :)

I am all for this patch (I know my vote means nothing)!

> I've read your comments, agree it's 17 bytes (that you can just as  
> well remove,
> as you point out, by hand.)

I have written a protocol output filter that removes the server  
header, but would much rather have a config directive.

> I'm curious - do IE, Firefox or other common clients use the server  
> name tag
> as a clue for fixups around aberrant behavior or to enable optimal  
> behavior?

We (Yahoo!) have run for years without sending the Server header and  
have not had any problem.  I think it is more likely a case of the  
server detecting the browser and tweaking the output to get around  
browser bugs.


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