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Update available for ColdFusion MX 7 and ColdFusion 8 logs invalid admin interface log-in attempts

Release date: March 11, 2008

Vulnerability identifier: APSB08-08

CVE number: CVE-2008-1203

Platform: All platforms

Affected software versions: ColdFusion 8 and ColdFusion MX 7

Summary

A design error in ColdFusion 8 and ColdFusion MX 7 could make it more likely that an attacker could attempt to log in to the admin interface undetected since failed log-in attempts were not previously logged.

Solution

Adobe recommends ColdFusion MX 7 and ColdFusion 8 customers update their installation using the instructions below:

ColdFusion 8:

  1. Stop all ColdFusion services.
  2. Make a backup of your existing login.cfm file from the {webroot}/CFIDE/administrator directory.
  3. Download and unzip the file contained in the hot fix file (10K).
  4. Back up the following file contained in the {webroot}/CFIDE/administrator directory: login.cfm
  5. Copy the above file contained in the hot fix file in to the {webroot}/CFIDE/administrator directory.
  6. Restart ColdFusion 8.

ColdFusion MX 7:

  1. Stop all ColdFusion services.
  2. Make a backup of your existing login.cfm file from the {webroot}/CFIDE/administrator directory.
  3. Download and unzip the files contained in the hot fix file (9K).
  4. Back up the following file contained in the {webroot}/CFIDE/administrator directory: login.cfm
  5. Copy the above file contained in the hot fix file in to the {webroot}/CFIDE/administrator directory.
  6. Restart ColdFusion MX 7.

NOTE: Both templates are compiled and will not appear as clear text files.

Severity rating

Adobe categorizes this as a moderate issue and recommends affected users patch their installations.

Details

A design error in ColdFusion 8 and ColdFusion MX 7 could make it more likely that an attacker could attempt to log in to the admin interface undetected since failed log-in attempts were not previously logged. After applying the above hotfixes, ColdFusion will log invalid log-in attempts in application.log.

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