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From "Roy T. Fielding" <>
Subject Re: AuthzMergeRules blocks everything in default configuration
Date Tue, 02 Dec 2008 01:53:39 GMT
On Dec 1, 2008, at 3:16 PM, Chris Darroch wrote:

> Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>> IIRC, trunk contains (or contained) a security problem with regard to
>> backward compatibility with 2.x configs.  I won't consider it  
>> releasable
>> until that has been fixed one way or another, and I can't tell  
>> from this
>> mail thread whether the actual fix was committed or not.
>   This posting might answer some of your questions:
>   Yes, the "fix" was committed, and the current intention is that 2.2
> configurations should be useable as-is with trunk, without changes.
> I don't think I can *promise* that's working as intended, but that's
> the idea; if you encounter bugs, please report them!
>>    AuthzMergeRules Off
>> still appears in docs/conf/httpd.conf:162-167 even though it doesn't
>> appear to be a valid config directive either.
>   This should be gone in; there's no httpd.conf in SVN.
> Is there any chance you need to refresh from SVN trunk?

Urgh, no, just a leftover from an old in-tree test.  Never mind.

>> The docs seem to indicate this is now MergeAuthz Off and is off by
>> default?  Is that true in the code?
>   Yes, that's the intention; again, please report bugs or backwards-
> compatibility problems.
>> (why those
>> directive names are Match* instead of AuthMatch* boggles my mind).
>> What is the conclusion to this thread?  Why are all the Authz
>> directives given random names?  Am I the only one that finds this
>> feature set impossible to follow?
>   Please see the final set of comments in the posting I linked to
> above, and the patch in that posting as well.  Just to reiterate,
> what I wrote there was:
>>>    Finally there was a certain amount of bike-shed re-painting in
>>> the form of renaming configuration directives.  I settled on
>>> Match, <MatchAll>, etc. based on Eric Covener's comments.
>>>    If people dislike those names, please jump in and change them.
>>> Or if most folks think we'd be better off without authz containers
>>> entirely, please vote for the following patch, which simply turns  
>>> all
>>> that stuff off, leaving (I hope) a fairly clean core authz  
>>> implementation
>>> that supports default 2.2-style behaviour and is extensible down  
>>> the road,
>>> should that be desired.

But we are already using *Match all over the place to indicate the
use of regex matching. :(

I'll think about changing the names.  Thanks for committing the
important fix.


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