Apache 1.3.14 Released

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From the Apache Group: The Apache Group announced the release of the 1.3.14 version of the Apache HTTP server. The main improvements in this release are to fix security vulnerabilities in the mod_vhost_alias and mod_rewrite modules.

The Apache Group is pleased to announce the release of the 1.3.14 version of the Apache HTTP server. The main improvements in this release are to fix security vulnerabilities in the mod_vhost_alias and mod_rewrite modules. Apache 1.3.14 is the best version of Apache currently available; everyone running 1.2.X servers or earlier should upgrade to 1.3, as there will not be any further 1.2.X releases. At present, the Win32 port of Apache is not as stable as the UNIX version. The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache Server Project are pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.14 of the Apache HTTP server. Version 1.3.13 was never released.

This version of Apache is primarily a security fix and bug fix release, but there are a few new features and improvements. A summary of the new features is given at the end of this document.

We consider Apache 1.3.14 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.

Apache 1.3.14 is available for download from

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

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.

Apache 1.3.14 Major changes

The security fixes are:
  • A problem with the Rewrite module, mod_rewrite, allowed access to any file on the web server under certain circumstances
  • The handling of Host: headers in mass virtual hosting configurations, mod_vhost_alias, could allow access to any file on the server
  • If a cgi-bin directory is under the document root, the source to the scripts inside it could be sent if using mass virtual hosting
The main new features include:

This article was originally published on Oct 13, 2000
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