Apache HTTP Server 1.3.29 Released

   The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache HTTP Server Project are
   pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.29 of the Apache HTTP
   Server ("Apache").  This Announcement notes the significant changes
   in 1.3.29 as compared to 1.3.28.  The Announcement is also available
   in German from http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement.html.de.

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 1.3.29 addresses and fixes 1 potential
security issue:

o CAN-2003-0542 (cve.mitre.org)
Fix buffer overflows in mod_alias and mod_rewrite which occurred if
one configured a regular expression with more than 9 captures.

We consider Apache 1.3.29 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 1.3.29 is available for download from:


   This service utilizes the network of mirrors listed at:


   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


   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

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

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

                     Apache 1.3.29 Major changes

  Security vulnerabilities

* CAN-2003-0542 (cve.mitre.org)
Fix buffer overflows in mod_alias and mod_rewrite which occurred if
one configured a regular expression with more than 9 captures.

  New features

   New features that relate to specific platforms:

     * Enabled RFC1413 ident functionality for both Win32 and
       NetWare platforms.  This also included an alternate thread safe
       implementation of the socket timout functionality when querying
       the identd daemon.

  Bugs fixed

The following noteworthy bugs were found in Apache 1.3.28 (or earlier)
and have been fixed in Apache 1.3.29:

     * Within ap_bclose(), ap_pclosesocket() is now called consistently
       for sockets and ap_pclosef() for files.  Also, closesocket()
       is used consistenly to close socket fd's.  The previous
       confusion between socket and file fd's would cause problems
       with some applications now that we proactively close fd's to
       prevent leakage.  PR 22805.

     * Fixed mod_usertrack to not get false positive matches on the
       user-tracking cookie's name.  PR 16661.

     * Prevent creation of subprocess Zombies when using CGI wrappers
       such as suEXEC and cgiwrap.  PR 21737.

 Jim Jagielski   [|]   [EMAIL PROTECTED]   [|]   http://www.jaguNET.com/
    "A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order
           will lose both and deserve neither" - T.Jefferson

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