Apache HTTP Server 2.2.3 Released
The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache HTTP Server Project are
pleased to announce the release of version 2.2.3 of the Apache HTTP Server
This version of Apache is principally a bug and security fix release. The
following potential security flaws are addressed;
CVE-2006-3747: An off-by-one flaw exists in the Rewrite module,
mod_rewrite, as shipped with Apache 1.3 since 1.3.28, 2.0 since 2.0.46,
and 2.2 since 2.2.0.
Depending on the manner in which Apache HTTP Server was compiled, this
software defect may result in a vulnerability which, in combination with
certain types of Rewrite rules in the web server configuration files,
could be triggered remotely. For vulnerable builds, the nature of the
vulnerability can be denial of service (crashing of web server processes)
or potentially allow arbitrary code execution. This issue has been rated
as having important security impact by the Apache HTTP Server Security
This flaw does not affect a default installation of Apache HTTP Server.
Users who do not use, or have not enabled, the Rewrite module mod_rewrite
are not affected by this issue. This issue only affects installations
using a Rewrite rule with the following characteristics:
* The RewriteRule allows the attacker to control the initial part of the
rewritten URL (for example if the substitution URL starts with $1)
* The RewriteRule flags do NOT include any of the following flags:
Forbidden (F), Gone (G), or NoEscape (NE).
Please note that ability to exploit this issue is dependent on the stack
layout for a particular compiled version of mod_rewrite. If the compiler
used to compile Apache HTTP Server has added padding to the stack
immediately after the buffer being overwritten, it will not be possible to
exploit this issue, and Apache HTTP Server will continue operating
The Apache HTTP Server project recommends that all users who have built
Apache from source apply the patch or upgrade to the latest level and
rebuild. Providers of Apache-based web servers in pre-compiled form will
be able to determine if this vulnerability applies to their builds. That
determination has no bearing on any other builds of Apache HTTP Server,
and Apache HTTP Server users are urged to exercise caution and apply
patches or upgrade unless they have specific instructions from the
provider of their web server. Statements from vendors can be obtained from
the US-CERT vulnerability note for this issue at:
The Apache HTTP Server project thanks Mark Dowd of McAfee Avert Labs for
the responsible reporting of this vulnerability.
We consider this release to be the best version of Apache available, and
encourage users of all prior versions to upgrade.
Apache HTTP Server 2.2.3 is available for download from:
Apache 2.2 offers numerous enhancements, improvements, and performance
boosts over the 2.0 codebase. For an overview of new features introduced
since 2.0 please see:
Please see the CHANGES_2.2 file, linked from the download page, for a full
list of changes.
Apache HTTP Server 1.3.37 and 2.0.59 legacy releases are also available
with this security fix. See the appropriate CHANGES from the url above.
The Apache HTTP Project developers strongly encourage all users to
migrate to Apache 2.2, as only limited maintenance is performed on these
This release includes the Apache Portable Runtime (APR) version 1.2.7
bundled with the tar and zip distributions. The APR libraries libapr,
libaprutil, and (on Win32) libapriconv must all be updated to ensure
binary compatibility and address many known platform bugs.
This release builds on and extends the Apache 2.0 API. Modules written for
Apache 2.0 will need to be recompiled in order to run with Apache 2.2, but
no substantial reworking should be necessary.
When upgrading or installing this version of Apache, please bear in mind
that if you intend to use Apache with one of the threaded MPMs, you must
ensure that any modules you will be using (and the libraries they depend
on) are thread-safe.