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What’s New in vFabric Web Server 5.2.1

For those that may have missed it, vFabric Web Server 5.2.1 is now available.
Here is the list of new features and changes:

  • Updated Apache Portable Runtime. The Apache Portable Runtime (APR) is upgraded from 1.4.5 to 1.4.6.
  • Disabled SSL/TLS Compression. OpenSSL compression is now disabled by default for protection against the CRIME exploit vector. The mod_ssl “SSLCompression on” configuration option is added to allow the administrator to re-enable compression. See Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2012-4929.
  • Proxy Balancer Enhancement. mod_proxy_balancer is enhanced with the drain worker status flag to set a proxy worker to accept only sticky session routes. See ASF Bug 51247.
  • FcgidWrapper Directive Fix. A bug in the FcgidWrapper directive’s command line argument that caused incorrect parsing of quotation marks and escaped spaces is fixed. See ASF Bug 51194.
  • httpdctl Fix. Running the httpdctl script without specifying a command line option no longer causes an error.
  • Security Enhancement. The fix in APR 1.4.6 to randomize hash algorithms is incorporated in vFabric Web Server 5.2.1. This fix is responsive to oCert Advisory 2011-003. Although VMware is unaware of any exploitation of the potential risk described in the advisory, the fix is provided for the benefit of users who run version-sensitive compliance tools.
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Adam Bloom

About Adam Bloom

Adam Bloom has worked for 15+ years in the tech industry and has been a key contributor to the VMware vFabric Blog for the past year. He first started working on cloud-based apps in 1998 when he led the development and launch of WebMD 1.0’s B2C and B2B apps. He then spent several years in product marketing for a J2EE-based PaaS/SaaS start-up. Afterwards, he worked for Siebel as a consultant on large CRM engagements, then launched their online community and ran marketing operations. At Oracle, he led the worldwide implementation of Siebel CRM before spending some time at a Youtube competitor in Silicon Valley and working as a product marketer for Unica's SaaS-based marketing automation suite. He graduated from Georgia Tech with high honors and an undergraduate thesis in human computer interaction.

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