New Apache Version Fills Security Holes

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2003-04-03 Print this article Print

Apache 2.0.45 solves two serious problems and quashes numerous smaller bugs.

The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache HTTP Server Project announced version 2.0.45yesterday.

Several low-profile features are introduced in the new version, along with several bug fixes, the two most important of which tackle security problems. The details on a denial-of-service vulnerability will not be revealed until April 7, apparently to give administrators time to apply the patch. The other security problem involved leaks of file descriptors to child processes, including CGI scripts, which could potentially compromise data on the server.

The OS/2 version does not fix the denial-of-service problem. It will be fixed in 2.0.46, and Apache authorities felt the release couldnt wait for fixing the OS/2 version. See the advisory for how to find and apply the patch manually.

The Foundation urges all users to upgrade to this version.

Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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