Adobe ColdFusion’s Hot Mess: A 9.8 on the Cybersecurity Richter Scale!

Adobe ColdFusion’s recent deserialization flaw (CVE-2023-26359) is a 9.8 on the cybersecurity Richter scale, according to CISA. Is Adobe’s patch enough or is this software a hacker’s paradise?

Hot Take:

Once again, Adobe ColdFusion is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. This time, a deserialization flaw (CVE-2023-26359) has caught the attention of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The vulnerability, which seems to be a magnet for hackers, scores a whopping 9.8 on the CVSS scale (a cybersecurity version of the Richter scale). Clearly, it’s not just Adobe’s Photoshop that is attracting ‘user interaction’ these days.

Key Points:

  • CISA has flagged a serious security flaw in Adobe ColdFusion, rating it as a critical vulnerability with a CVSS score of 9.8.
  • The vulnerability, CVE-2023-26359, is a deserialization flaw that could lead to arbitrary code execution without user interaction.
  • Adobe patched the flaw in updates released in March 2023, but it appears to still be exploited in the wild.
  • This isn’t the first time Adobe ColdFusion has been on CISA’s radar. A similar flaw was noted five months ago.
  • Due to the active exploitation, Federal Civilian Executive Branch agencies are required to install the necessary patches by September 11, 2023.

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Unwelcome Attention

Adobe ColdFusion seems to be a hacker's paradise, garnering more attention than a celebrity at a paparazzi convention. The latest vulnerability, a deserialization flaw, is the equivalent of leaving your house key under the a neighborhood full of burglars.

Serialization, Deserialization, and a Bunch of Code

Deserialization, or the process of reconstructing a data structure or object from a byte stream, can lead to some pretty unexpected consequences when done without validating its source or sanitizing its contents. It's kind of like eating a burger without checking if it's cooked properly. It might be fine, or it might give you a severe case of food poisoning.

Adobe's Patchwork Quilt

Adobe patched this flaw back in March 2023, but it seems the hackers didn't get the memo or simply didn't care. This makes us wonder if Adobe's security patches are more like Band-Aids on a bullet wound.

Deja Vu

This isn't the first time ColdFusion has had a run-in with CISA. Five months ago, a similar flaw was added to CISA's Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalog. It seems ColdFusion is the gift that keeps on hackers.

Deadline for Safety

In the wake of this exploit, Federal Civilian Executive Branch agencies have been given until September 11, 2023, to protect their networks against potential threats. The countdown is on, folks. It's time to patch up and batten down the hatches.
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