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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2000.016 -- CIAC Bulletin K-015
ColdFusion Information Exposure (CFCACHE Tag)
24 January 2000
The CIAC, the Computer Incident Advisory Capability, has released the
following bulletin concerning a vulnerability in all editions of the
ColdFusion Server 4.0x.
This vulnerability may be exploited by remote users to access certain
files which may provide useful information for planning an attack against
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The U.S. Department of Energy
Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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ColdFusion Information Exposure (CFCACHE Tag)
January 18, 2000 17:00 GMT Number K-015
PROBLEM: Certain files that are not normally publicly available may be
downloaded and used as system reconnaissance information by
users with malicious intent.
PLATFORM: Systems running ColdFusion Server 4.0x (all editions).
DAMAGE: The information about a server's web document directory
structure and URL parameters used to call site pages can
provide useful information for planning an attack on that
SOLUTION: Download the new CFCACHE.CFM file and follow the directions
given in the advisory. The solution has been incorporated in
VULNERABILITY The risk is MEDIUM. The information about the vulnerability
ASSESSMENT: is publically available.
CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Beyond-Security's
SecuriTeam.com for the information contained in this bulletin.
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National Laboratory in Livermore, California. CIAC is also a founding
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K-008: ExploreZip (packed) Worm
K-009: Qpopper Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
K-010: Solaris Snoop Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
K-011: Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities in SSH Daemon and RSAREF2
K-012: Cisco Cache Engine Authentication Vulnerabilities
K-013: Buffer Overflow in Sun Solstic AdminSuite Daemon sadmind
K-014: HP-UX Aserver Vulnerability
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