Software briefs: Apache, Web services, MS

Software briefs: Apache, Web services, MS

Apache, take two

After three years in the making, the leading server software for delivering Web pages to a user's browser has graduated to its next version. The Apache Software Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the popular open-source Web server Apache, has announced the availability of the production release of Apache Version 2.0. Developed by a collective of open-source programmers, the release adds support for multi-threading systems as well as more complete support for a full range of operating systems. Apache is widely recognised as the most popular server software for running Web sites.

Analysts warn about Web services spendingAnalyst Meta Group has warned that in its investigations into Web services projects, too often technology issues such as standards and security are being prioritised over something much more important: how the project is being funded. Meta Group analysts said they expect most key shared services infrastructures will run into medium and long-term funding issues, and that anyone thinking about deploying such infrastructure should get funding resolved before significant investments are committed.

MS offers security tool

Microsoft has made available a free tool designed to search out security vulnerabilities hiding in Windows-based computers. Called the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA), the tool is intended to provide users with an easy way to check their systems for common problems that arise when computers are configured incorrectly or when users fail to install suggested security patches, Microsoft said. After scanning a system with the tool, users receive a security report card that lists all the holes and vulnerabilities found during the scan. The MBSA does not actually download and install fixes but provides instructions on how to do so. The tool can be downloaded from

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