There is one thing that stands out to me when testing Apache-based applications though. It's that accompanying...
software such as OpenSSL, PHP, MySQL and so on, are often out of date. This speaks more to a system patching and change management problem within the organization than it does to the security of the platform itself. However, it's a problem nonetheless which can create pretty big issues if it's not managed properly.
Case in point, in my Web security assessments I often come across the OpenSSL ASN.1 vulnerability on Apache systems which dates back to 2003. I often get push back from developers regarding the relevance of this flaw. However, the source code to exploit this flaw is readily-accessible on the Internet that anyone can download, compile and run to bring your Apache-based systems down. Numerous other similar vulnerabilities exist as well. The bottom line: Apache is as good as the administrators and developers who configure and maintain the system.
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