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From "Alexandra Zaharia" <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] AddDefaultLanguage broken?
Date Fri, 29 Feb 2008 04:29:40 GMT
On 2/28/08, Joshua Slive <> wrote:
> In earlier versions, mod_autoindex didn't set any charset at all. This
>  meant that AddDefaultCharset, which only works when no other charset
>  is specified, was picked up. But it also meant that no charset was
>  sent at all if AddDefaultCharset wasn't present.
>  To protect buggy browsers from cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, all
>  content originated from apache needs to have a charset assigned, so a
>  change was made in 2.2.6 to assign a charset (utf-8 for windows and
>  iso-8859-1 for everything else, if I recall correctly). The charset
>  option was also added to IndexOptions for those who need to override
>  it.
>  So, yes, the current behavior is expected and correct and the old
>  behavior is wrong. You should use IndexOptions charset= to change the
>  mod_autoindex charset and not AddDefaultCharset.
>  Joshua.

Hello Joshua,

Thank you for your reply. Now it all starts to make sense. Thinking
back, I noticed this behavior for the first time right after the
cross-site scripting vulnerability was announced and patched. I found
this whole thing strange since apparenlty I was going 'by the manual'
-- so far on the official 2.2/mod/core documentation page there's no
mention of this change.



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