Don't panic (in large friendly letters) if you are not going
to make it to ApacheCon
2000 in London next week. Apache Week will be there and
we will have an extended report from the conference over the
next issues. You'll kick yourself when you hear what you've
missed out on though; free coffee mugs, free conference bags,
and free massages (fortunately not given by the Apache
group). You'll also miss Douglas Adams who'll be on hand to
give a keynote, and Bop
Ad who will be signing books.
If you are attending, the Apache Week staff will be more than
willing to accept your hospitality in the local pub. After
all, it'd be rude not to.
Apache Site: www.apache.org/httpd
Release: 1.3.14 (Released 13th October
Alpha: 2.0a7 (Released 9th October 2000)
Apache 1.3.14 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.3.12 and earlier on Unix and Windows systems should upgrade
to this version. Read the Guide
to 1.3.14, 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
Most bugs listed below include a link to the entry in the
Apache bug database where the problem is being tracked. These
entries are called "PR"s (Problem Reports). Some bugs do not
correspond to problem reports if they are found by
These bugs have been found in 1.3.14 and will be fixed in the
The mod_auth_dbm.c workaround for glibc 2.1 systems fails
on Red Hat Linux 7, which is based on a beta glibc 2.2, and
has headers and libraries in different places.
The binary building script is broken on Tru64 5.0 and HPUX
The recent security fix to mod_rewrite broke
some of the functionality. PR#6671
NetWare is a case insensitive file system so all directory
and file names must be compared in a case insensitive
manner to avoid security holes.
Some media types need to be updated. PR#6613,
The MIT Sloan School of Management together with The Boston
Consulting Group have completed a study of question answering
in the Apache Usenet community, "How Open Source software
works: Free user-to-user assistance" ( available
in full in PDF format). They make a number of findings in
their paper: around a quarter of all questions posted do not
get answered, but of those that are answered, they are
generally responded to quickly and with a high quality of
response. The paper is well worth a read as it is full of
interesting information and has looked at over four years of
PHP3 users should be aware of a format bug in the logging
code of the mod_php3 module. The bug allows a remote attacker
to execute arbitrary shell commands on the server if PHP
error logging is enabled.
More information is available
InfoWorld have released a list of the top
E-Business Innovators; "the people who have developed,
evangelized, and shepherded technology that has made a
significant contribution to the New Economy". The Apache
Group was selected for the work on the Apache Server Project.
The big difference is that Apache doesn't just talk the
talk about being a meritocracy; it walks it
Apache 2.0 may still be in alpha release, but an eagle-eyed
subscriber noticed that the high-profile Napster web site is
running on 2.0a6.
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
SuSE give a guide to Installation of
a Secure Web Server. They cover zones of security and
give a step-by-step guide to create a secure platform on
which to run a server. Although the information is geared
towards SuSE Linux, the principles remain the same no matter
what operating system you use.
Remember OOP (Object-Oriented Programming)? C++ and Java are
two of the popular object-oriented programming languages
around although SIMULA was the first object-oriented language
providing objects, classes and inheritance. In "Back
To Class", the Developer Shed show you how PHP supports
classes and objects which are powerful OOP concepts, with
examples of a table builder, and a guestbook. Written in its
usual lighthearted and clear style, this article will resolve
any doubts you have about classes in PHP.