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Security update: Hotfix available for ColdFusion

Release date: January 15, 2013

Last updated: March 14, 2013

Vulnerability identifier: APSB13-03

Priority: 1

CVE number: CVE-2013-0625, CVE-2013-0629, CVE-2013-0631, CVE-2013-0632

Platform: All

Summary

Adobe has released a security hotfix for ColdFusion 10, 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX.  This hotfix addresses vulnerabilities that could permit an unauthorized user to remotely circumvent authentication controls, potentially allowing the attacker to take control of the affected server.

Adobe is aware of reports that four vulnerabilities (CVE-2013-0625, CVE-2013-0629, CVE-2013-0631 and CVE-2013-0632, referenced in Security Advisory APSA13-01) are being exploited in the wild against ColdFusion customers.  Adobe recommends users update their product installation using the instructions provided in the "Solution" section below.

Affected software versions

ColdFusion 10, 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX

Solution

Adobe recommends ColdFusion customers update their installation using the instructions provided in the technote: http://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/kb/coldfusion-security-hotfix-apsb13-03.html.

Customers should also inspect files and scheduled tasks of unknown origin located in the CFIDE, CFIDE/adminapi or webroot directories, and remove any suspicious files (some examples of malicious file names include h.cfm, i.cfm, h9.cfm, r.cfm, adss.cfm or fusebox.cfm).

Additionally, Adobe recommends that customers follow security best practices, which include the following steps to harden their ColdFusion server:

  • Configure a username and password for Remote Development Services (RDS) that is different from the Administrator account. After configuring the RDS account, users should disable RDS if not needed.
  • Disable external access to the following directories for all hosted sites:
    • /CFIDE/administrator
    • /CFIDE/adminapi
    • /CFIDE/componentutils
  • Implement access control restrictions for the Administrator interface and internal applications via the Administrator Console (in ColdFusion version 10) or within your web server's access control mechanisms for versions 9.0.2 and below.
  • Ensure your ColdFusion product has the latest hotfix applied.
  • Refer to the ColdFusion 9 Lockdown Guide and ColdFusion 10 Lockdown Guide for security best practices and further information on these hardening techniques.

Priority and severity ratings

Adobe categorizes this hotfix with the following priority rating and recommends users update their installation to the newest version:

Product
Updated Version
Platform
Priority Rating
ColdFusion 10, 9.0.2, 9.0.1, 9.0 Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX
1


This hotfix addresses critical vulnerabilities in the software.

Details

Adobe has released a security hotfix for ColdFusion 10, 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX.  This hotfix addresses vulnerabilities that could permit an unauthorized user to remotely circumvent authentication controls, potentially allowing the attacker to take control of the affected server.

Adobe is aware of reports that four vulnerabilities (CVE-2013-0625, CVE-2013-0629, CVE-2013-0631 and CVE-2013-0632, referenced in Security Advisory APSA13-01) are being exploited in the wild against ColdFusion customers.  Adobe recommends users update their product installation using the instructions provided in the "Solution" section above.

This hotfix resolves an authentication bypass vulnerability affecting ColdFusion versions 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0.0, which could result in an unauthorized user gaining administrative access (CVE-2013-0625).

This hotfix resolves a directory traversal vulnerability affecting ColdFusion versions 10, 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0.0, which could permit an unauthorized user access to restricted directories (CVE-2013-0629).

This hotfix resolves a vulnerability affecting ColdFusion versions 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0.0, which could result in information disclosure from a compromised server (CVE-2013-0631).

This hotfix resolves an authentication bypass vulnerability affecting ColdFusion versions 10, 9.0.2, 9.0.1 and 9.0.0, which could result in an unauthorized user gaining administrative access (CVE-2013-0632).

Acknowledgments

Adobe would like to thank the following individuals for responsibly disclosing the relevant issues and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers:

  • Michael McDowell and Harry Lane (CVE-2013-0625, CVE-2013-0629)
  • Will Fuller (CVE-2013-0631, CVE-2013-0632)
  • Scott Buckel of Corporate Zen (CVE-2013-0632)
  • Charlie Arehart (CVE-2013-0631, CVE-2013-0632)

Revisions

March 14, 2013 - Added security hardening recommendations to Solution section.
January 16, 2013 - Acknowledgement added for CVE-2013-0631 and CVE-2013-0632.
January 15, 2013 - Bulletin released.

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