ColdFusion Security Resources

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The ColdFusion Security Resources project is an organized index of all the ColdFusion security resources on the Internet that would be useful to ColdFusion developers.


The Security Resources projects aims to enable developers to easily find ColdFusion tools and resources regardless of whether they were developed by Adobe, OWASP or the ColdFusion development community.


DeConstructing ColdFusion This BlackHat 2010 video is a presentation by Chris Eng and Brandon Creighton from Veracode.
Securing ColdFusion Applications Jason Dean and Peleus Uhley present at Adobe Max 2010 on how to create secure ColdFusion applications.
Writing Secure CFML Pete Freitag's presentation from CFUnited 2010.
Security: Hiding Information from Individuals Not Authorized to See It Jim Harris present at the ColdFusion Meetup on March 17, 2011.
Security: Washing Your Incoming Data using ColdFusion Jim Harris presents at the ColdFusion Meetup on March 10, 2011.
Security: Practical ColdFusion Security Justin McLean presents at the ColdFusion Meetup on February 24, 2011.
Application Security: Beyond SQL Injection Jason Dean presents at the ColdFusion Meetup on January 22, 2009.
Security Countermeasures for ColdFusion Programmers Jim Harris presents at the ColdFusion Meeting on January 8, 2009
UGTV search Many ColdFusion security topics can be found by searching UGTV for the word security.

White Papers/Presentations

Maximum Security CFML Pete Freitag's presentation from the CFObjective 2011 conference.
Deconstructing ColdFusion The slides from Chris Eng's and Brandon Creighton's presentation at BlackHat 2010.
Writing Secure CFML Pete Freitag's slides from his CFUnited 2010 presentation.
ColdFusion Lockdown Pete Freitag's slides from his CFUnited 2010 presentation on locking down ColdFusion.
Hack Proofing ColdFusion Shlomy Gantz's presentation from CFUnited 2009.


Security improvements in ColdFusion 10 This Adobe Developer Connection article highlights many of the new security features in ColdFusion 10 that can help with cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, session management and similar security issues.
Securing your applications using HttpOnly cookies with ColdFusion An Adobe Developer Connection article by Pete Freitag detailing how to implement HttpOnly cookies in ColdFusion.
Jason Dean's blog Jason Dean frequently blogs on ColdFusion application security topics. This is a collection of his blogs.
Pete Freitag's blog Pete Freitag frequently blogs on ColdFusion application security topics. This is a collection of his blogs.


Security Enhancements in ColdFusion 10 The official Adobe ColdFusion 10 reference documentation describing the new security protections available in ColdFusion 10.
ColdFusion Security The Adobe Developer Center's section on ColdFusion Security.
ColdFusion 9 Lockdown Guide The Adobe server lockdown guide for ColdFusion 9.
ColdFusion Security Updates The section of the Adobe Security page that lists current ColdFusion security patches.
ColdFusion 9 Developer Guide Adobe's official documentation for ColdFusion 9 developers.

OWASP Resources

OWASP ESAPI - ColdFusion The OWASP ESAPI project's ColdFusion distribution.
Leveraging the ESAPI library in ColdFusion Pete Freitag's blog on using the OWASP ESAPI library included in ColdFusion.
OWASP ESAPI - Java The OWASP ESAPI project's Java distribution.
OWASP Developer Guide Many sections throughout the developer guide contain specific ColdFusion guidance.
Using AntiSamy with ColdFusion Pete Freitag's blog on using the OWASP Anti-Samy library with ColdFusion.


Veracode Veracode is a commercial security testing company whose flagship product can test ColdFusion applications.
Hack My CF An online tool that specializes in hacking ColdFusion servers.
FuseGuard A commercial web application firewall for ColdFusion servers.
Security Profile Admin Extension for ColdFusion 10 This tool produces a one page report covering those security options set up during installation. It can be modified for CF 9.

Security Libraries

Java Cryptography Extension It is possible to get stronger cryptography out of ColdFusion by updating the Java Policy files as described here. Ensure that you are adhering to your local government requirements.

Tokenizer Tokenizer encapsulates all the heavy lifting of creating, expiring, checking and removing a unique token from Forms on your site to combat CSRF.

cfWSAuthenticator A ColdFusion CFC to add WS-Security to SOAP requests.

cfSAML ColdFusion object to create SAML packets as an Identity Provider.

Project Contributors

The ColdFusion Security Resources section is run by Peleus Uhley