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