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hpe Apache-based web server on hp-ux 11.0/11i (PA-RISC)

Security vulnerabilities have been identified in this release. 

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what is the hpe Apache-based web server?

According to Netcraft (, the Apache Web Server dominates over 60% of today's web server market as the most popular and frequently deployed web server for publishing and serving static and dynamic web pages.

Engineered through state-of-the-art processes for the highest quality and tailored to run smoothly on the HP-UX PA-RISC architecture, HPE offers the HPE Apache-based Web Server as a total solution for web server deployment. The Open Source Apache Web Server 2.0 software developed by the Apache Software Foundation (Apache HTTP Server Project described at serves as the base for the HPE Apache-based Web Server.

Apache 2.0 is a significant enhancement over the Apache 1.3.x line from ASF with many architectural improvements that increase Apache's power and flexibility while retaining its legendary stability as the world's most popular web server. In addition to the base HTTP server, HPE has combined numerous popular modules from other Open Source projects as well as provided HPE value-added features just for the HP-UX platform.

what's new with hpe Apache-based web server v.2.0.39?

This version of HPE Apache is principally a security-fix, bug-fix, and version upgrade release.

New for

  • This release has upgraded to OpenSSL 0.9.6g, which fixes certain known OpenSSL vulnerabilities. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( describes them in issues: CAN-2002-0656, CAN-2002-0657, CAN-2002-0655. More information can be found at The OpenSSL community has released OpenSSL 0.9.6g as the best known version superseding the OpenSSL 0.9.6e release that was identified in the CVE report.

Changes in

  • This release has upgraded to PHP 4.2.2 from 4.2.1 in previous HPE Apache 2.0.39 releases. PHP 4.2.2 contains the security fix to correct POST vulnerabilities in PHP versions 4.2.0 and 4.2.1. For more information see:
Changes in
  • Apache 2.0.39 addresses and fixes the issue regarding a remotely exploitable vulnerability in handling of large data chunks as noted in the following security bulletins.
  • New versions of Open Source components offer the latest technologies available at product release time.
    • Apache       2.0.39
    • mod_perl    1.99_03
    • Tomcat       3.3.1
    • PHP            4.2.1
    • Webmin      0.980
  • Updated documentation including FAQs, iPlanet to HPE Apache Migration Guide, and HPE Apache 1.3 to 2 Migration Guide.

why use the hpe Apache-based web server?

From displaying information on simple, static web pages to serving as a secured e-Commerce store handling many simultaneous clients, today's web site must support a wide variety of technologies. To meet these needs, HPE offers customers the HPE Apache-based Web Server for their HP-UX PA-RISC environment.

  • investment protection by leveraging the Open Source community and industry effort in continuous, leading-edge development of the most popular web server. HPE has bundled many valuable technologies with the core Apache web server to provide a highly optimized web server solution. HPE customers receive direct cost savings because the HPE Apache-based Web Server is absolutely free and is pre-bundled with the HP-UX Operating Environment.
  • rich and flexible features with breadth when compared to other commercial web servers, new functionality is easily added with Perl, C and C++ server modules. Server-side Java technologies are supported through Tomcat servlets and JSP. Delivery of dynamic data is quick and easy using the PHP scripting language and its built-in database connectivity. WebDAV provides efficient remote web publishing and content management.
  • security you can trust for secure transactions with full strength 128-bit/168-bit encryption using the bundled solution of RSA's BSAFE Crypto-C libraries and the most popular Open Source security modules, mod_ssl and OpenSSL. The HPE Apache-based Web Server also supports Digital Badge/certificate and authentication, secure HTTP client authentication using LDAP, and file system security (Chroot) to provide additional layers of protection from intruders. The HPE Apache-based Web Server offers high-speed data encryption so HP customers don't have to sacrifice performance for good security.
  • simple, easy, and out-of-the-box is what HPE customers can expect. The HPE Apache-based Web Server allows customers to install in simple steps and manage using easy-to-use, web-based admininstration with customization capability. The HPE Apache-based Web Server is available as a free web download or pre-bundled with HP-UX.

product specifications

  • Apache Web Server v.2.0.39 from ASF, built with worker MPM

  • Modules statically included: core, http_core, mod_so, worker
    Other standard modules dynamically included: mod_access, mod_actions, mod_alias, mod_asis, mod_auth, mod_auth_anon, mod_auth_dbm, mod_auth_digest, mod_autoindex, mod_cache, mod_cache_filter, mod_cache_filter_in, mod_cern_meta, mod_cgi, mod_cgid, mod_dav, mod_dav_fs, mod_dir, mod_disk_cache, mod_env, mod_expires, mod_ext_filter, mod_file_cache, mod_headers, mod_imap, mod_include, mod_info, mod_log_config, mod_mime, mod_mime_magic, mod_negotiation, mod_proxy, mod_proxy_connect, mod_proxy_ftp, mod_proxy_http, mod_rewrite, mod_setenvif, mod_speling, mod_ssl, mod_status, mod_unique_id, mod_userdir, mod_usertrack, mod_vhost_alias
  • mod_suexec
  • allows CGI and SSI programs to run under user IDs different from the user ID of the web server.
  • IPv6 capability is delivered in B9416BA, the HPE Apache-based Web Server 2.0.39 on HP-UX 11i for IPv6. Click here for more information and to download.
  • The enhanced Apache Application Programmable Interface (API/APR) increases portability of customized and third-party modules by isolating platform-specific implementations.
  • Worker MPM (Multi-Processing Module) offers better scalability and robustness in load balancing than Apache 1.3.
  • WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) permits users to create, move, copy, and delete files and directories remotely for easier web publishing and content management.

hpe-added features for v.2.0.39:

  • Modules dynamically included: auth_ldap, mod_jk, mod_perl, mod_php4
  • RSA's BSAFE Crypto-C Library v.5.2 has U.S. Commerce approval for worldwide export of 128-bit encryption
  • OpenSSL v.0.9.6g is an Open Source toolkit that implements the SSL/TLS security protocols.
  • Chroot enables a named directory to become the root directory to protect the root file system.
  • auth_ldap 1.5.4 authenticates users by utilizing entries in an LDAP directory. auth_ldap supports iPlanet (Netscape) Directory Server and OpenLDAP. auth_ldap can be configured to use the Stunnel program for secure SSL queries to the LDAP server.
  • mod_jk is the servlet connector to Tomcat that replaces mod_jserv servlet connector found in previous versions of HPE Apache. mod_jk can use either the original ajpv12 protocol or the newer ajpv13 protocol.
  • mod_perl v.1.99_03 makes it possible to write Apache modules entirely in Perl. In addition, the persistent interpreter embedded in the server avoids the overhead of starting an external interpreter for each Perl CGI request. mod_perl is configured for Perl v.5.6.1.
  • PHP v.4.2.2 is an HTML embedded, server-side, cross-platform, scripting language with support for database access. It also supports Oracle 8.1.6 database connectivity using PHP extensions.
  • Tomcat v.3.3.1 is a servlet container which is compliant with Java Servlets 2.2 and JavaServer Pages 1.1 specifications.
  • Support for loading customized Apache modules implemented in C++.
  • Webmin v.0.980 is a web-based administration and configuration tool from Webmin. It has been enhanced to handle administration and configuration for the HPE Apache-based Web Server 2.0.
  • Automatic Restart of Apache/Tomcat/Webmin on reboot. More information on customization configuration of this feature can be found in the Admin Guide.
  • apr_shm is a 2-layer abstraction library which simplifies the usage of shared memory between forked processes on Unix platforms. apr_shm supports session caching using either hash tables or circular buffers. apr_shm replaces Shmem support that was in previous versions of HPE Apache 2.x and MM support that was in HPE Apache 1.3.x.
  • certmig makes it possible to share certificates between the iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition, and any server that supports PKCS #12 formats possible. The certmig utility is an extension of the pk12util utility, provided by the Mozilla community. In addition to the pk12util functionality, certmig lists and extracts certificates from iWS 4.x certificate databases. This tool has a helper script,
  • alternate root utility moves HPE Apache to another directory after it is installed in its default location.
  • cache utility helps create a caching file for improved Apache performance.
  • chroot utility copies commonly used HPE Apache files into the chroot directory.
  • mkcert utility generates private keys, certicate signing requests, and certificates for the Certificate Authority (CA), server, and client.
  • ports utility reads and displays the ports for all the components currently configured in the bundle.
  • stunnel utility starts and stops the Stunnel encryption program.
  • test certmig utility tests importing and exporting certificates from a Netscape Certificate Database.
  • Example modules for developers (mod_hello, mod_example, mod_echo).
  • HPE integration, testing and optimization for smooth deployment in the HP-UX environment.
  • Documentation created specifically for HPE Apache including FAQs, user, administration and migration guides.

system requirements

The installation path is /opt/hpapache2/.

The HPE Apache-based Web Server can be installed on HP-UX 11.0 and 11i (PA-RISC). In addition, the following are bundle requirements:

  1. Binaries are dependent on the B.11.25 or later versions of ld and libdld. To determine the version on your machine, type ld -V and what /usr/lib/ at the command line. Install PHSS_24303 or later to solve this problem.
  2. If you have previously installed the Technology Preview of the HPE Apache-based Web Server 2.0.0, completely remove the product and the installation directory (/opt/hpapache2) before installing this product. For more information, see the installation link below.
  3. Tomcat requires HPE JRE or higher to be used. Version 1.3 or higher is recommended. If your web application uses JSPs (Java Server Pages) then you will also need the JDK (Java Development Kit) so you can compile the JSPs.
    The latest versions of Java 1.2 and 1.3 can be downloaded from
  4. mod_perl requires Perl v.5.6.1, which can be downloaded from HPE Software Depot using the search keywords: Perl v.5.6.1, or directly, go here.
  5. Webmin depends on Perl 5. To use Perl v.5.6.1, use the same download steps as specified for mod_perl.
  6. Building DSOs using apxs (Apache Extension Tool) depends on Perl. The expected location for Perl is /opt/perl/bin/perl. Either download and install Perl as described for mod_perl, or change the path in the apxs script to the Perl location installed on your machine.

technical support

  • HPE Apache-based Web Server is supported by the HPE Worldwide Response Centers for customers with an HP-UX support contract.

Date released: 2002/08/16

Additional product information
Product #: B9416AAPA2039
Software specification: