The only way to stop a hacker is to think like one! ColdFusion is a Web application development tool that allows programmers to quickly build robust applications using server-side markup language. It is incredibly popular and has both an established user base and a quickly growing number of new adoptions. It has become the development environment of choice for e-commerce sites and content sites where databases and transactions are the most vulnerable and where security is of the utmost importance. Several security concerns exist for ColdFusion due to its unique approach of designing pages using dynamic-page templates rather than static HTML documents. Because ColdFusion does not require that developers have expertise in Visual Basic, Java and C++; Web applications created using ColdFusion Markup language are vulnerable to a variety of security breaches. Hack Proofing ColdFusion 5.0 is the seventh edition in the popular Hack Proofing series and provides developers with step-by-step instructions for developing secure web applications.

Key Features

· Teaches strategy and techniques: Using forensics-based analysis this book gives the reader insight to the mind of a hacker · Interest in topic continues to grow: Network architects, engineers and administrators are scrambling for security books to help them protect their new networks and applications powered by ColdFusion · Unrivalled Web-based support: Up-to-the minute links, white papers and analysis for two years at

Table of Contents

Foreword Chapter 1 Thinking Like a Hacker Introduction Understanding the Terms A Brief History of Hacking Why Should I Think Like a Hacker? Mitigating Attack Risk in Your ColdFusion Applications Validating Page Input Functionality with Custom Tags and CFMODULE The Top ColdFusion Application Hacks Form Field Manipulation URL Parameter Tampering CFFILE, CFPOP, and CFFTP Tag Misuse ColdFusion RDS Compromise Understanding Hacker Attacks Denial of Service Virus Hacking Preventing “Break-ins” by Thinking Like a Hacker Development Team Guidelines QA Team Guidelines IT Team Guidelines Summary Solutions Fast Track Frequently Asked Questions Chapter 2 Securing Your ColdFusion Development Introduction Session Tracking CFID and CFTOKEN Issues Error Handling Verifying Data Types Summary Solutions Fast Track Frequently Asked Questions Chapter 3 Securing Your ColdFusion Tags Introduction Identifying the Most Dangerous ColdFusion Tags Properly (and Improperly) Using Dangerous Tags Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the Tag Using the connectstring Attribute Using the dbtype=dynamic Attribute Knowing When and Why You Should Turn Off These Tags Controlling Threading within Dangerous Tags Working with Other Dangerous and Undocumented Tags Using the GetProfileString() and ReadProfileString() Functions Using the GetTempDirect


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