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Tens of Millions of Websites Prone To Trivial Attack On Adobe ColdFusion

Admins must restrict the interface now or their servers will be subject to attacks

London, UK 17th August 2010 -- Millions of users of Adobe’s ColdFusion programming language are still at risk of losing control of their applications and websites.

Out of the twenty two corporate sites originally surveyed for an exposed ColdFusion admin interface, only two sites have removed the interface with the remaining twenty sites still having the interface exposed. ColdFusion administrators must restrict the admin interface now or their servers will be subject to attacks, also placing their users at risk from uploaded malware.

Penetration testing company ProCheckUp has now released full details of this advisory as promised, so that readers can now see for themselves how trivial it is to fully compromise one of the millions of exposed ColdFusion servers.

The advisory demonstrates how penetration testing company ProCheckUp were able to access every file including username and passwords from a server running ColdFusion. This was completed through a directory traversal and file retrieval flaw found within ColdFusion administrator. A standard web browser was used to carry out the attack; knowledge of the admin password is not needed.

A competent attacker would be able to steal files from the server and gain access to secure areas as well and eventually modify content or shut down the website or application.

Richard Brain of ProCheckUp commented “This is a trivial attack which can be performed easily by a competent engineer; ProCheckUp thanks Adobe for consciously working with us to produce a patch which fixes the traversal attack. By performing a simple Google search for inurl:index.cfm, it was found that over 80 millions indexes from sites using ColdFusion.

‘Hackers’ over the weekend reversed engineered and published the exploit code, by studying this exploit code industry experts have also commented about the critical impact exploiting this vulnerability has. See:-

Adobe ColdFusion's Directory Traversal Disaster

ColdFusion directory traversal FAQ (CVE-2010-2861)

The full details of the vulnerability can be found on

About ProCheckUp

A leading independent specialist security organisation, ProCheckUp was formed in 2000 to provide a unique Artificial Intelligence (AI) based penetration testing service to the corporate market.

Since then the company has enjoyed significant commercial and technological success, and received Royal recognition in April 2004 by winning the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation, the UK's highest accolade for business performance.

ProCheckUp are service providers to some of the world's leading finance and banking organisations, international law firms and FTSE 100 companies.

About ProCheckNet

ProCheckUp has adopted the methodology of conventional penetration testing and combined it with the functionality of a distributed automated attack system called ProCheckNet.

ProCheckNet automates the complex processes and decision making associated with a manual penetration testing team. It builds customised exploits in an entirely safe manner to achieve a level of testing unrivalled by conventional approaches. Complimented with features such as real time encapsulated exploits, firewall and IDS bypass, ProCheckNet is a revolutionary attack system. Companies that require the highest level of security assurance utilise ProCheckNet to test all their internal and externally facing IT infrastructure including brochure ware, E-commerce websites, RAS, VPN's, Mailservices, DNS and even entirely bespoke applications.

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