Attrition.org is a security web site well known for the
largest collection of information on web site attacks, in
particular defacements of pages. This week they published
statistics from their mirror showing
defacements by webserver over the last year. Their
results so far show that over half of all defacements were on
Windows-based machines running IIS. Apache servers only
account for 29% of defacements, well below the 65% market
share reported by surveys such as Netcraft.
Our favourite Satirical zine, NTK report on the Apache Java
"sufficiently advanced technology : the gathering".
"Gulping back our natural scepticism regarding Big
Projects, java.apache.org does seem to be where all
server-based Java action is occurring these days, and if your
knowledge of that language extends only as far as that test
Pong game you wrote in 1997, this might be the place to have
another look. " NTK hopes that the Java projects will
help combat the takeover of Microsoft's .NET, just like
Apache stopped their domination of the web server.
Apparently there are two towns in Europe just a few miles
from each other with Unix-like names. The town of "Perl" in
Germany, and the neighbouring town of "Apach" in Luxembourg.
We thought someone was winding us up, but here is the proof.
Apache Site: www.apache.org/httpd
Release: 1.3.12 (Released 25th February
Alpha: 2.0a6 (Released 18th August 2000)
Apache 1.3.12 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.3.11 and earlier on Unix and Windows systems should upgrade
to this version. Read the Guide
to 1.3.12, the Guide
to 1.3.11 for information about changes between 1.3.9 and
1.3.11 and the Guide to
1.3.9 for information about changes between 1.3.6 and
Apache 2.0 alpha 6 was released today, after the slightly
inaccurate report from C|Net last week which stated there
would be no more Apache alpha releases. The Apache group will
continue to release alpha versions of the server until such
time as the API is standard; once Apache reaches the beta
phase there really should be no API changes or significant
features added. The biggest new feature in alpha 6 is initial
support for filtering, using a "bucket brigade" scheme
(imagine firemen putting out a fire by standing in a long
line and passing buckets of water). The only filters
currently in the code are the core filter and a chunking
filter; but after the release of this alpha developers can
start work on the more interesting filtering applications
such as PHP and SSL.
Just over 500 Apache Week readers entered our "Apache Pocket
Reference" book competition. Unfortunately we only have 4
copies of each book to give away and our apologies if you're
not one of the people listed below. Surprisingly, there were
a quite a few wrong answers, with people thinking Xena really
was an Apache-XML project. Perhaps it is now time to create
an XML processor that destroys evil and wears skimpy outfits.
The winners, chosen at random, were: Charles Hoard, Andy Kim,
Eric Lind, and Daniel Osborne. Your books and collectable
Apache Week postcards are in the post.
Apache Week is to be acquired by Red Hat this month, but fear
not -- because with the addition of Red Hat's resources, we
will soon be able to offer more features, technical stuff,
reviews, and news. Will Apache Week still cover non-Linux
platforms? Of course!