lighttpd is a secure, fast, compliant, and very flexible web-server that has been optimized for high-performance environments. It has a very low memory footprint compared to other webservers and takes care of cpu-load. Its advanced feature-set (FastCGI, CGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) make lighttpd the perfect webserver-software for every server that suffers load problems.
1.4.4216 Oct 2016 17:20
Important changes: new modules, expanded features, rewritten auth framework; fix bugs introduced in 1.4.40/1.4.41.
Highlights: new modules, expanded features. Performance: use extended socket/file syscalls and flags; rewritten auth framework; updated mod_authn_ldap; new mod_authn_gssapi; new mod_authn_mysql; new mod_deflate; new mod_geoip; new mod_uploadprogress; mod_dirlisting sortable columns; mod_fastcgi support for authorizer, responder keyed with same path/extension; mod_cgi permit CGI exec of unreadable files; mod_scgi support for uwsgi protocol for Python WSGI backends; add some SSL_* variables to CGI environment.
Bug fixes: remove preemptive shutdown() to backend; fix backend socket connect issue: enforce wait for POLLWR after EINPROGRESS; fix crash if ready events on abandoned fd; fix broken digest auth.
Behavior changes: behavior change in mod_ssi to conform to same CGI env as CGI, FastCGI, SCGI: REQUEST_URI is original client request, instead of URI modified by mod_rewrite; DOCUMENT_ROOT changes if mod_alias or mod_userdir changes basedir.
1.4.4017 Jul 2016 06:06
Enanchments - Improved resource management: asynchronous, bidirectional streaming options to dynamic backends; detect client disconnects and abort request to dynamic backends; rework dynamic handler control flow logic for consistent clean up; constrained memory footprint; limit memory used by large responses. Robustness and portability: fallback to traditional I/O if mmap or sendfile not available; update support for lua 5.2, 5.3; memcached; libressl; openssl 1.1.0; better cygwin support; better webdav support.
Other - Many bug fixes and migration from SVN to Git.