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Apache 1.3.12
From: ryan () SECURITYFOCUS COM (Ryan Russell)
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 11:54:33 -0800


Apache 1.3.12 Released

The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache Server Project are pleased
to announce the release of version 1.3.12 of the Apache HTTP server.

The primary changes in this version of Apache are those related to the
``cross site scripting'' security alerts described at

Specifically, charset
handling has been improved and reinforced (including a new directive:
AddDefaultCharset) and server generated pages properly escape ``userland''

A complete listing with detailed descriptions is provided in the

NOTE: This official release incorporates a slightly
different version of the original patch for the 'css' issue. In
particular, the AddDefaultCharsetName directive was removed and this
function is now completely handled by the AddDefaultCharset directive. If
you were using this patch, you will need to adjust your configuration file
to reflect this change.

We consider Apache 1.3.12 to be the best version
of Apache 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.

1.3.12 is available for download from


see the CHANGES_1.3 file in the same directory for a full list of changes
in the 1.3 version.

Binary distributions are available from


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.

The source and binary distributions are also available via any of the
mirrors listed at


For an overview of new features in 1.3 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 95/98 and NT (which fall under the "Win32" label).

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 variants.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WIN32 USERS: Over the years, many users have come to
trust Apache as a secure and stable server. It must be realized that the
current Win32 code has not yet reached the levels of the Unix version, but
is of acceptable quality. Any Win32 stability or security problems do not
impact, in any way, Apache on other platforms. With the continued donation
of time and resources by individuals and companies, we hope that the Win32
version of Apache will grow stronger through the 1.3.x release cycle.

Thank you for using Apache. ---
See you at ApacheCon 2000 in Orlanda, Florida, March 8-10, 2000.

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