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Using Java Decompilers to Find Security Holes

Recently, I found that one of Adobe ColdFusion’s patches (APSB11-29) doesn’t resolve a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability completely. In a specific case, the vulnerability can be replayed. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary HTML and script code in a user’s browser session in the context of a vulnerable site. Adobe has updated its advisory to warn users about this potential risk.

From the advisory APSB11-29, we can see that Adobe fixed a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the CFForm tag (CVE-2011-2463). And, as you know, Adobe ColdFusion Server is based on Java. So, in this article, I’ll analyze the patch with a Java decompiler tool to reveal the issue and the potential risk in the patch itself. Now let’s go further into it.

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