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why does latest jessie apache2 reject _ in http request path?

My web app stopped working in apache2 2.4.10-10+deb8u8 and looks like
the reason is this:

  * CVE-2016-8743: Enforce more HTTP conformance for request lines and
    request headers, to prevent response splitting and cache pollution
    by malicious clients or downstream proxies.
    If this causes problems with non-conforming clients, some checks can
    be relaxed by adding the new directive 'HttpProtocolOptions unsafe'
    to the configuration.
    Differently than the upstream 2.4.25 release which will also be in the
    Debian 9 (stretch) release, this update for Debian 8 (jessie) accepts
    underscores in host and domain names even while 'HttpProtocolOptions
    strict' is in effect.
    More information is available at

I checked at the referenced RFCs and underscore IS a valid character in
a segment (rfc3986):

absolute-path = 1*( "/" segment )
segment       = *pchar
pchar         = unreserved / pct-encoded / sub-delims / ":" / "@"
unreserved    = ALPHA / DIGIT / "-" / "." / "_" / "~"

Why is it that if I have _ in my segment, apache2 rejects the request
without 'HttpProtocolOptions strict'?

-- Juha