Hiawatha – advanced and secure webserver

Hiawatha is a secure and advanced open source web server available for multiple platforms. It particularly focuses on security.

Hiawatha has many security features, such as preventing SQL-injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) prevention, denial-of-service protection, control external image linking, banning of potential hackers and limiting the runtime of CGI applications.

Hiawatha supports PHP, Perk, Python, and Ruby.

Features include:

  • Easy to use.
  • Good speed and performance.
  • Small and lightweight – a good choice for old hardware or embedded systems.
  • CGI and load balancing FastCGI support.
  • FastCGI Process Manager.
  • Access control – via Basic or Digest HTTP authentication or by IP address.
  • Large file support.
  • Chroot support.
  • URL toolkit which support URL rewriting. Pre-defined rewrite rules are available.
  • SSL (via PolarSSL) and TLS support.
  • Protection against SQL injections, Cross-site Scripting (XSS), Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF/XSRF) and DoS attacks.
  • Upload speed control by traffic shaping.
  • Internal file caching.
  • Keep-alive connection.
  • Request pipelining.
  • IPv6 support.
  • HTTP compression using gzip.
  • Virtual hosting.
  • Support for WebDAV applications.
  • Support for Server Name Indication.
  • Reverse proxy functionality – integrate other web solutions or use Hiawatha as an application firewall to protect other web servers.
  • Hiawatha Monitor, a PHP application that communicates with your web server to collect information about bandwidth usage, number of requests, errors and attacks.

Website: www.hiawatha-webserver.org
Support: Blog, FAQ
Developer: Hugo Leisink
License: GNU GPL v2

Hiawatha has essentially been discontinued although the developer continues to make minor improvements and fixes.

Hiawatha is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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