eWeek offers a look at Apache's solid security record ( "the
server's last serious problem (one where remote attackers could run
arbitrary code on the server) was announced in January 1997") and
examines the reasons behind its success. Open source, says the
article, doesn't acount for as much as good design and a usable
"...Why has Apache done so well and IIS fared so
Having published source code helps but isn't enough on its
own-the widely used Berkeley Internet Name Domain Name server from
Internet Software Consortium Corp. and Washington University's FTP
server also have source code available, but both have poor security
Going over Apache's security advisories back to the server's
Version 1.0 days shows that the secret-in addition to solid coding
and scrutiny-lies in a minimalist design, careful attention to
detail and a configuration process that makes it easy for
administrators to know what's going on."
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