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From Jim Jagielski <...@jaguNET.com>
Subject [users@httpd] [ANNOUNCEMENT] Apache HTTP Server 1.3.31 Released
Date Tue, 11 May 2004 16:46:26 GMT

                    Apache HTTP Server 1.3.31 Released

    The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache HTTP Server Project are
    pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.31 of the Apache HTTP
    Server ("Apache").  This Announcement notes the significant changes
    in 1.3.31 as compared to 1.3.29 (1.3.30 was not released).  The
    Announcement is also available in German, Spanish and Japanese from:

         http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement.html.de
         http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement.html.es
         http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement.html.ja

    This version of Apache is principally a bug and security fix release.
    A partial summary of the bug fixes is given at the end of this 
document.
    A full listing of changes can be found in the CHANGES file.  Of
    particular note is that 1.3.31 addresses and fixes 4 potential
    security issues:

      o CAN-2003-0987 (cve.mitre.org)
        In mod_digest, verify whether the nonce returned in the client
        response is one we issued ourselves.  This problem does not 
affect
        mod_auth_digest.

      o CAN-2003-0020 (cve.mitre.org)
        Escape arbitrary data before writing into the errorlog.

      o CAN-2004-0174 (cve.mitre.org)
        Fix starvation issue on listening sockets where a short-lived
        connection on a rarely-accessed listening socket will cause a
        child to hold the accept mutex and block out new connections 
until
        another connection arrives on that rarely-accessed listening 
socket.
        This only affects some platforms, such as Solaris, AIX and
        IRIX. Linux is unaffected.

      o CAN-2003-0993 (cve.mitre.org)
        Fix parsing of Allow/Deny rules using IP addresses without a
        netmask; issue is only known to affect big-endian 64-bit
        platforms

    We consider Apache 1.3.31 to be the best version of Apache 1.3 
available
    and we strongly recommend that users of older versions, especially of
    the 1.1.x and 1.2.x family, upgrade as soon as possible.  No further
    releases will be made in the 1.2.x family.

    Apache 1.3.31 is available for download from:

        http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi

    This service utilizes the network of mirrors listed at:

        http://www.apache.org/mirrors/

    Please consult the CHANGES_1.3 file for a full list of changes.

    As of Apache 1.3.12 binary distributions contain all standard Apache
    modules as shared objects (if supported by the platform) and include
    full source code.  Installation is easily done by executing the
    included install script.  See the README.bindist and INSTALL.bindist
    files for a complete explanation.  Please note that the binary
    distributions are only provided for your convenience and current
    distributions for specific platforms are not always available.  Win32
    binary distributions are based on the Microsoft Installer (.MSI)
    technology.  While development continues to make this installation 
method
    more robust, questions should be directed to the
    news:comp.infosystems.www.servers.ms-windows newsgroup.

    For an overview of new features introduced after 1.2 please see

    http://httpd.apache.org/docs/new_features_1_3.html

    In general, Apache 1.3 offers several substantial improvements over
    version 1.2, including better performance, reliability and a wider
    range of supported platforms, including Windows NT and 2000 (which
    fall under the "Win32" label), OS2, Netware, and TPF threaded
    platforms.

    Apache is the most popular web server in the known universe; over 
half
    of the servers on the Internet are running Apache or one of its
    variants.

    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APACHE USERS:   Apache 1.3 was designed for Unix 
OS
    variants.  While the ports to non-Unix platforms (such as Win32, 
Netware
    or OS2) are of an acceptable quality, Apache 1.3 is not optimized for
    these platforms.  Security, stability, or performance issues on these
    non-Unix ports do not generally apply to the Unix version, due to
    software's Unix origin.

    Apache 2.0 has been structured for multiple operating systems from 
its
    inception, by introducing the Apache Portability Library and MPM 
modules.
    Users on non-Unix platforms are strongly encouraged to move up to
    Apache 2.0 for better performance, stability and security on their
    platforms.

                      Apache 1.3.31 Major changes

   Security vulnerabilities

      * CAN-2003-0987 (cve.mitre.org)
        In mod_digest, verify whether the nonce returned in the client
        response is one we issued ourselves.  This problem does not 
affect
        mod_auth_digest.

      * CAN-2003-0020 (cve.mitre.org)
        Escape arbitrary data before writing into the errorlog.

      * CAN-2004-0174 (cve.mitre.org)
        Fix starvation issue on listening sockets where a short-lived
        connection on a rarely-accessed listening socket will cause a
        child to hold the accept mutex and block out new connections 
until
        another connection arrives on that rarely-accessed listening 
socket.

      * CAN-2003-0993 (cve.mitre.org)
        Fix parsing of Allow/Deny rules using IP addresses without a
        netmask; issue is only known to affect big-endian 64-bit
        platforms

   New features

    New features that relate to specific platforms:

      * Linux 2.4+: If Apache is started as root and you code
        CoreDumpDirectory, core dumps are enabled via the prctl() 
syscall.

    New features that relate to all platforms:

      * Add mod_whatkilledus and mod_backtrace (experimental) for
        reporting diagnostic information after a child process crash.

      * Add fatal exception hook for running diagnostic code after a
        crash.

      * Forensic logging module added (mod_log_forensic)

      * '%X' is now accepted as an alias for '%c' in the
        LogFormat directive. This allows you to configure logging
        to still log the connection status even with mod_ssl

   Bugs fixed

    The following noteworthy bugs were found in Apache 1.3.29 (or 
earlier)
    and have been fixed in Apache 1.3.31:

      * Fix memory corruption problem with ap_custom_response() function.
        The core per-dir config would later point to request pool data
        that would be reused for different purposes on different 
requests.

      * mod_usertrack no longer inspects the Cookie2 header for
        the cookie name. It also no longer overwrites other cookies.

      * Fix bug causing core dump when using CookieTracking without
        specifying a CookieName directly.

      * UseCanonicalName off was ignoring the client provided
        port information.


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