A new beta test release of Apache is expected soon. This will
be version 1.3b7, and is the latest in a series of beta
releases eventually leading to the release of Apache 1.3.0.
This beta consists mainly of bug fixes over the previous
beta. Users of 1.3b6 should upgrade to the new beta when it
Amongst the few new features in 1.3b7 are:
New directive ServerTokens to control how
Apache names itself to browsers
Apache will not open configuration files which are devices,
except for /dev/null, to fix a potential denial of service
problem (Unix only)
When a child process exits, the parent will log the reason
and if necessary kill other children and exit to prevent
looping (Unix only)
Work with UNC type paths (Windows only)
In addition many bugs are fixed. The full list is available in
the src/CHANGES file in the distribution
src/CHANGES file in
Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.2.6 (Released 24th March 1998)
Beta: 1.3b6 (Released 20th April 1998) (local download
Apache 1.2.6 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.5 and earlier should upgrade to this version since it
fixes a number of bugs and potential security problems.
These bugs have been found in 1.3b6 and will be fixed in the
next beta (1.3b7).
Because of the major differences between Windows and Unix,
these are separated into bugs which affect Windows systems
only, and other bugs (which may affect Windows as well). Unix
users can ignore the bugs listed in the Windows section.
The bug which can cause Apache to lock up when on multiple
concurrent CGI accesses should have been fixed. This was
really a bug in Microsoft's MSVC++ compiler (in the C
runtime). Apache will work around the bug by avoiding use
of the C runtime when launching CGI programs, so it now
uses native Win32 functions to run CGIs. PR#1129,
Default filenames for error and access logs were
Windows likes to see file extensions. From the next beta
the default configuration files will use error.log and access.log instead.
Selecting the "Last Modified" link in a fancy directory
index could cause a crash.
dbmmanage could not
handle entry of passwords containing the "0" (zero)
Accessing some types of FTP servers via the proxy can cause
problems. This is partially fixed. PR#959,
The standard configuration files were not linking the
/icons URL to the
icons directory, required for proper display of fancy
OS/2 only: CGI scripts starting with #! and using CR-LF line endings
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.2.6 may be made available in the
apply_to_1.2.6 subdirectory of the patches
directory on the Apache site (this directory may not exist if
no patches are available). Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.2
patches directory (these may not apply cleanly to 1.2.6).
For details of all previously reported bugs, see the Apache
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
Development has slowed down to prepare for the release of
Apache 1.3. During the beta release cycle Apache is in a
"feature freeze" where no major new features will be added.