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Chapter 27. Web Serving > Rebuilding and Securing Apache

Rebuilding and Securing Apache

Many of today's hot Web sites include e-commerce or other private areas that require secure communications. Unfortunately, although Mac OS X does ship with SSL support built into Apache, it is neither enabled nor easily configured. In addition, the version of Apache shipped with Mac OS X lags behind the current release by several version numbers. Don't worry, this isn't cause for great alarm, but it does make things tricky for system administrators who want to stay current with the supplied BSD software.

There are two goals to rebuilding and securing Apache. The first is to, obviously, rebuild Apache with the latest source code from Apache.org. The second, and intimately related, goal is to configure Apache for SSL communications during the rebuild process. If you have no need for secure Web services, just skip this section.


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