Feeds

Adobe patches 'critical' flaws in ColdFusion, JRun

Code execution, information disclosure bugs dead

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Adobe Systems has released updates that patch vulnerabilities in two widely used web development applications, several of which let attackers steal sensitive data or take complete control of users' machines.

In all, the patches fix seven flaws in versions 8.0.1 and earlier of ColdFusion and JRun 4.0. The most serious of them are XSS, or cross-site scripting, bugs that allow attackers to execute malicious code on an underlying system by supplying a target with a booby-trapped web link.

Adobe engineers also fixed a separate management console flaw. It allowed unauthenticated users to traverse restricted directories, a vulnerability that could lead to information disclosure. Proof-of-concept code released Tuesday showed the flaw could be exploited using a URL that looks something like this:

http://[server]/server/[profile]/logging/logviewer.jsp?logfile=../../../../../../../boot.ini

The fixes come as Adobe, whose software is perhaps more ubiquitous than Microsoft's, struggles to patch a variety of security vulnerabilities that have been exploited to install malware on the machines running the programs. Three weeks ago, its security team pushed out a fix for a bug in its Flash Player that criminals were using to hijack user machines. Attackers last month were also able to compromise a large number of websites by targeting an open-source text editor bundled with ColdFusion.

In May, Adobe announced it was reinvigorating security measures used to design its Reader application used to view PDF documents. The initiative was a great start, but by no means adequate because it left Flash and other widely used Adobe titles out of the tent.

Adobe says here it is currently unaware of any exploits targeting the latest ColdFusion and JRun bugs. The company's security bulletin is available here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION
You thought you were all alone? Nope – change your password, says ICO
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.