Gentoo: apache 2.x denial of service vulnerability
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Gentoo Apache 2.0 versions 2.0.37 through 2.0.45 can be caused to crash in certain circumstances.

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          PACKAGE : apache-2.x
          SUMMARY : denial of service
             DATE : 2003-06-01 12:01 UTC
          EXPLOIT : remote
VERSIONS AFFECTED : =apache-2.0.46
              CVE : CAN-2003-0245 CAN-2003-0189 

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- From announcement:

"Apache 2.0 versions 2.0.37 through 2.0.45 can be caused to crash in 
certain circumstances.  This can be triggered remotely through mod_dav 
and possibly other mechanisms.  The crash was originally reported by 
David Endler <> and was researched and fixed by 
Joe Orton <jorton@Red>.  Specific details and an analysis of the 
crash will be published Friday, May 30.  No more specific information 
is disclosed at this time, but all Apache 2.0 users are encouraged to 
upgrade now."
"Apache 2.0 versions 2.0.40 through 2.0.45 on Unix platforms were 
vulnerable to a denial-of-service attack on the basic authentication 
module, which was reported by John Hughes <>. 
A bug in the configuration scripts caused the apr_password_validate() 
function to be thread-unsafe on platforms with crypt_r(), including 
AIX and Linux.  All versions of Apache 2.0 have this thread-safety 
problem on platforms with no crypt_r() and no thread-safe crypt(), 
such as Mac OS X and possibly others.  When using a threaded MPM (which 
is not the default on these platforms), this allows remote attackers 
to create a denial of service which causes valid usernames and 
passwords for Basic Authentication to fail until Apache is restarted. 
We do not believe this bug could allow unauthorized users to gain 
access to protected resources."

Read the full advisories at:


It is recommended that all Gentoo Linux users who are running
net-www/apache-2.x upgrade to apache-2.0.46 as follows

emerge sync
emerge apache
emerge clean

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