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Category:   Application (Web Server/CGI)  >   Adobe ColdFusion Vendors:   Adobe Systems Incorporated
Macromedia ColdFusion Unsafe Directory Permissions Lets Local Users Gain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017899
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-1874   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 10 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Modification of system information, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Macromedia ColdFusion. A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

A previous patch (referenced in APSB06-17) set unsafe directory permissions. A local user can modify key program files so that when ColdFusion is restarted, arbitrary code will be executed with root privileges.

Adobe credits Sean Larsson of iDefense Labs and Hans Omli of Shoe String Ventures with reporting this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can cause arbitrary code to be executed with root privileges.
Solution:   Adobe has described how to manually modified the vulnerable directory permissions to remove the vulnerable configuration.

The Adobe advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Configuration error
Underlying OS:   Linux (Any), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Tue, 10 Apr 2007 19:40:45 -0400
Subject:  Macromedia ColdFusion

Workaround available for Linux and Solaris ColdFusion MX 7 file permissions vulnerability


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