Adobe ColdFusion Authentication Bypass (APSB13-13) (intrusive check)

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 66408

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VPR Score: 5.9


A web management interface on the remote host has an authentication bypass vulnerability.


The version of Adobe ColdFusion running on the remote host has an authentication bypass vulnerability. When RDS is disabled and not configured with password protection, it is possible to authenticate as an administrative user without providing a username or password. A remote, unauthenticated attacker can exploit this to gain administrative access to the ColdFusion Administrator interface. After authenticating, it is possible to write arbitrary files to the host, resulting in arbitrary code execution.

All versions of ColdFusion 10 are affected. ColdFusion 9, 9.0.1, and 9.0.2 are only affected when the hotfixes for APSB13-03 have been applied and web.xml is configured to allow access to the RDS servlet.

This plugin exploits the vulnerability by creating a .cfm file to execute arbitrary code.


Apply the appropriate hotfix referenced in Adobe security bulletin APSB13-13.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 66408

File Name: coldfusion_apsb13-13_rce.nasl

Version: 1.16

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 2013/05/14

Updated: 2021/01/19

Dependencies: 55512, 42339

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 8.8

Temporal Score: 7.9

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:adobe:coldfusion

Required KB Items: installed_sw/ColdFusion

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Exploited by Nessus: true

Patch Publication Date: 2013/05/14

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2013/05/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1389

BID: 59849

TRA: TRA-2013-04

CERT: 113732

EDB-ID: 25305