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[R1] Adobe ColdFusion Administrator Console login.cfm URI Handling Reflected XSS



Adobe ColdFusion contains a flaw that allows a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. This flaw exists because the login.cfm script does not validate input to the URI before returning it to users. This may allow a context-dependent attacker to create a specially crafted request that would execute arbitrary script code in a user's browser session within the trust relationship between their browser and the server.

Note that additional XSS were found and disclosed by other researchers and included in the single CVE and Adobe advisory.


Adobe has released a patch to fix this issue. Please consult the Adobe advisory for more information.

Proof of Concept

http://[target]/CFIDE/administrator/login.cfm?%22%3E%3CSTYLE%[email protected]'javascript:alert(%22xss%22)';%3C/STYLE

Disclosure Timeline

2010-05-21: Reported to Adobe via security feedback form on website
2010-05-21: Adobe requests additional PoCs
2010-05-24: Additional PoCs sent
2010-05-24: Adobe acknowledges PoCs
2010-08-10: Adobe assigns issue Adobe ID 550 and says fix will be included in a future release
2010-10-18: Tenable asks Adobe for an updates
2010-10-20: Adobe says a December release is targeted
2010-12-13: Tenable asks Adobe for an update
2010-12-13: Adobe says it's now targeted for a February 2011 release
2011-02-08: A fix is released and APSB11-04 is published

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Tenable takes product security very seriously. If you believe you have found a vulnerability in one of our products, we ask that you please work with us to quickly resolve it in order to protect customers. Tenable believes in responding quickly to such reports, maintaining communication with researchers, and providing a solution in short order.

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