From: Danny O'Brien [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 12:19 PM
Subject: Web server with PHP setup & mod-ssl
- does "apt-get upgrade" always provide the most secure versions? The reason I ask is:
[Rosenstrauch, David]Debian stable is considered the most secure. A distro isn't promoted from testing to stable until it's been thoroughly tested. (See http://www.debian.org/releases/)
- Apache 1.3.26 seems ancient -- is this an OK version to run? I have executed apt-get upgrade, and apt.conf is set for "stable."
That said, the flip side of that is that there can be a *long* time between releases in stable. The last major release of stable was on 19th of July, 2002.
So, yes, the version of Apache in stable is 1.3.26, which is older. But, as the stable distro is considered the most stable, that's the one you should run if you're most concerned about security. Although you certainly could upgrade to the version from testing (1.3.29) if you'd like, you should be aware that testing does not receive security updates in nearly as timely a fashion as stable. (See http://www.debian.org/security/faq#testing) So that might be a bit on the risky side for you, depending on how secure and mission-critical you need this web server to be
- also, openssl is up to 0.9.6 "l" -- 0.9.6 "c" also seems ancient.
[Rosenstrauch, David]Same answer as Apache.
- My previous build ran mod-ssl. However, there is no mod-ssl package in Debian. Has anyone installed mod-ssl under Debian, or is there a better program for this function?
- Danny O'Brien
There's an apache-ssl package under Debian. Try "apt-get remove apache" followed by "apt-get install apache-ssl".
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