An Apache break in

Tuesday 13 April 2010This is 13 years old. Be careful. had an incident last week which started as a cross-site scripting attack and ended with the attackers gaining root access to their servers. The full story is worth a read because it’s instructional to see how the mistakes compound and the attackers used each new foothold to gain access to another deeper level in the system. It reads like a laundry list of simple security mistakes, but strung together in a real world scenario that resulted in a serious breach of security.

And it ends with a great honest example of the open source philosophy:

We hope our disclosure has been as open as possible and true to the ASF spirit. Hopefully others can learn from our mistakes.


All very well, but let's not forget that the attack vector was in a close-source product.

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