Chapter Excerpt from, Apache: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition

    Date19 May 2000
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The operation of a web server raises several security issues. Here we look at them in general terms; later on, we will discuss the necessary code in detail. We are no more anxious to have unauthorized people in . . . The operation of a web server raises several security issues. Here we look at them in general terms; later on, we will discuss the necessary code in detail.

    We are no more anxious to have unauthorized people in our computer than to have unauthorized people in our house. In the ordinary way, a desktop PC is pretty secure. An intruder would have to get physically into your house or office to get at the information in it or to damage it. However, once you connect a telephone line, it's as if you moved your house to a street with 30 million close neighbors (not all of them desirable), tore your front door off its hinges, and went out leaving the lights on and your children in bed.
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