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Recommended update for Apache 2


(Last modified: 04DEC2006)

solutions Recommended update for Apache 2 SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (a753633c753c9f404abfde8585fed339)

Applies to

Package: apache2
Product(s): SLE SDK 10 for x86
SLE SDK 10 for IPF
SLE SDK 10 for IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries
SLE SDK 10 for IBM zSeries
SLE SDK 10 for X86-64
SUSE SLES 10 for x86
SUSE SLES 10 for IBM zSeries 64bit
SUSE SLES 10 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T

Release: 20061204
Obsoletes: none


Everybody using the Apache HTTP server should update.



Problem description

This update brings the Apache HTTP server to version 2.2.3.
This version of Apache is principally primary a bug and security fix release.
It provides a substantial number of important bug fixes which were added after
the 2.2.0 release. (The security issues had been addressed by previous Novell
maintenance updates.)
In addition, the package enables the fatal exception hook for use by diagnostic modules, contains documentation updates, and fixes a small buglet in the apache-20-22-upgrade script (mod_image_map -> mod_imagemap).
The full list of changes (from is as follows below, with problem report (PR) numbers referencing to
Changelog of 2.2.3:
SECURITY: CVE-2006-3747 ( mod_rewrite: Fix an off-by-one security problem in the ldap scheme handling. For some RewriteRules this could lead to a pointer being written out of bounds. Reported by Mark Dowd of McAfee. mod_authn_alias: Add a check to make sure that the base provider and the alias names are different and also that the alias has not been registered before. PR 40051. mod_authnz_ldap: Fix a problem with invalid auth error detection for LDAP client SDKs that don't support the LDAP_SECURITY_ERROR macro. PR 39529. mod_autoindex: Fix filename escaping with FancyIndexing disabled. PR 38910. mod_cache: - Make caching of reverse SSL proxies possible again. PR 39593. [#202702] - Do not overwrite the Content-Type in the cache, for successfully revalidated cached objects. PR 39647. mod_charset_lite: Bypass translation when the source and dest charsets are the same. mod_dbd: Fix dependence on virtualhost configuration in defining prepared statements (possible segfault at startup in user modules such as mod_authn_dbd). mod_mem_cache: Set content type correctly when delivering data from cache. PR 39266. mod_speling: Add directive to deal with case corrections only and ignore other misspellings miscellaneous: - Add optional 'scheme://' prefix to ServerName directive, allowing correct determination of the canonical server URL for use behind a proxy or offload device handling SSL; fixing redirect generation in those cases. PR 33398. - Added server_scheme field to server_rec for above. Minor MMN bump. - Worker MPM: On graceless shutdown or restart, send signals to each worker thread to wake them up if they're polling on a Keep-Alive connection. PR 38737. - worker and event MPMs: fix excessive forking if fork() or child_init take a long time. PR 39275. - Respect GracefulShutdownTimeout in the worker and event MPMs. - configure: Add "--with-included-apr" flag to force use of the bundled version of APR at build time.
Changelog of 2.2.1 and 2.2.2:
SECURITY: CVE-2005-3357 ( mod_ssl: Fix a possible crash during access control checks if a non-SSL request is processed for an SSL vhost (such as the "HTTP request received on SSL port" error message when an 400 ErrorDocument is configured, or if using "SSLEngine optional"). PR 37791. SECURITY: CVE-2005-3352 ( mod_imagemap: Escape untrusted referer header before outputting in HTML to avoid potential cross-site scripting. Change also made to ap_escape_html so we escape quotes. Reported by JPCERT. mod_cache: - Make caching of reverse proxies possible again. PR 38017. mod_disk_cache: - Return the correct error codes from bucket read failures, instead of APR_EGENERAL. mod_dbd: - Update defaults, improve error reporting. - Create own pool and mutex to avoid problem use of process pool in request processing. mod_deflate: - work correctly in an internal redirect mod_proxy: - don't reuse a connection that may be to the wrong backend PR 39253 - Do not release connections from connection pool twice. PR 38793. - Fix KeepAlives not being allowed and set to backend servers. PR 38602. - Fix incorrect usage of local and shared worker init. PR 38403. - If we get an error reading the upstream response, close the connection. mod_proxy_balancer: - Initialize members of a balancer correctly. PR 38227. mod_proxy_ajp: - Flushing of the output after each AJP chunk is now configurable at runtime via the 'flushpackets' and 'flushwait' worker params. Minor MMN bump. - Crosscheck the length of the body chunk with the length of the ajp message to prevent mod_proxy_ajp from reading beyond the buffer boundaries and thus revealing possibly sensitive memory contents to the client. - Support common headers of the AJP protocol in responses. PR 38340. mod_proxy_http: - Do send keep-alive header if the client sent connection: keep-alive and do not close backend connection if the client sent connection: close. PR 38524. mod_proxy_balancer: - Do not overwrite the status of initialized workers and respect the configured status of uninitilized workers when creating a new child process. - Fix off-by-one error in proxy_balancer. PR 37753. mod_speling: - Stop crashing with certain non-file requests. mod_ssl: - Fix possible crashes in shmcb with gcc 4 on platforms requiring word-aligned pointers. PR 38838. miscellaneous: - core: Prevent reading uninitialized memory while reading a line of protocol input. PR 39282. - core: Reject invalid Expect header immediately. PR 38123. - Default handler: Don't return output filter apr_status_t values. PR 31759. - Add APR/APR-Util Compiled and Runtime Version numbers to the output of 'httpd -V'. - http: If a connection is aborted while waiting for a chunked line, flag the connection as errored out. - Don't hang on error return from post_read_request. PR 37790. - Fix mis-shifted 32 bit scope, masked to 64 bits as a method. - Fix recursive ErrorDocument handling. PR 36090. - Ensure that the proper status line is written to the client, fixing incorrect status lines caused by filters which modify r->status without resetting r->status_line, such as the built-in byterange filter. - HTML-escape the Expect error message. Not classed as security as an attacker has no way to influence the Expect header a victim will send to a target site. - Chunk filter: Fix chunk filter to create correct chunks in the case that a flush bucket is surrounded by data buckets. - Avoid Server-driven negotiation when a script has emitted an explicit Status: header. PR 38070. - htdbm: Fix crash processing -d option in 64-bit mode on HP-UX. - htdbm: Warn the user when adding a plaintext password on a platform where it wouldn't work with the server (i.e., anywhere that has crypt()).


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Fvh apache2.rpm apache2-worker.rpm apache2-prefork.rpm apache2-devel.rpm apache2-doc.rpm apache2-example-pages.rpm

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