ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 15

ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 15


If you are applying Update 15 without applying Update 8, follow the Post Installation steps mentioned for Update 8.


If you are updating via ColdFusion Administrator:

The minimum update versions are Update 4 or higher for ColdFusion (2018 release), due to a recent change in code signing certificate.

These are mandatory pre-requisites before updating.

The updates below are cumulative and contain all updates from previous ones. If you are skipping updates, you can apply the latest update, not those you are skipping. Further, you must take note of any changes that are implemented in each of the updates you are skipping.

To install previous updates, see ColdFusion (2018 release) Updates.

What's new and changed

ColdFusion (2018 release) Update 15 (release date, 11 October 2022) addresses vulnerabilities that are mentioned in the security bulletin APSB22-44.

This release also contains support for macOS 12 (Monterey).

Other changes


In the list of log files, the buttons to View, Download, and Delete a log file have been removed. Also, the log files are no longer clickable.


If the XML path contains a forward slash or backslash, it will be blocked. The flag, coldfusion.xml.allowPathCharacters, must be set to true to allow the same.

Strict equality operator

In this release, we've introduced strict equality operator in ColdFusion (2018 release). For information, see Strict equality/in-equality operator.

Known issues in this release

  • If you encounter the following error message, clear the classes in <CF_HOME>/instance/wwwroot/WEB-INF/cfclasses.

"coldfusion.runtime.CFPage.XmlSearch(Lcoldfusion/xml/XmlNodeList;Ljava/lang/String;)Ljava/lang/Object; The specific sequence of files included or processed is: \\<ip>\<filepath>, line: 34 "
java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: coldfusion.runtime.CFPage.XmlSearch(Lcoldfusion/xml/XmlNodeList;Ljava/lang/String;)Ljava/lang/Object;

  • If the Uninstall button is disabled on Update 15, uninstall the update using the uninstaller.jar present in the hf-updates folder.
  • If your application uses the functions XmlSearch and XmlTransform, you'll have to recompile the files after applying Update 15.

Bugs fixed in this release

Bug ID Description Area
 After changing the default caching from Ehcache to Redis, there are issues with ColdFusion threads, and the heap consumes a lot of memory.
In Update 2 of ColdFusion 2021, when including an ORDER BY clause in a QoQ and the column is referenced by an integer, a NullPointerException occurs.
After applying ColdFusion 2021 Update 2, when using an ORDER BY clause in a QoQ, the fields in the ORDER BY clause becomes case sensitive, and a duplicate column gets added in the result.
A QoQ containing the Union and Order by clauses throws an error, getColumnType() Null.
If you create a pie chart and save it to a PDF, the chart does not display on an HTTPS site.
Unable to generate a PDF using cfdocument and cfhtmltopdf on a REST service. Document
Temporary columns in an ORDER BY clause are randomly returned in a QoQ result, even if the columns are not specified in the SELECT statement.
A clickable ITEMLABEL in cfchart does not work as expected after the update. It displays incorrect values in a png/jpeg output. Charting
An evaluation like strict equality/inequality returns an incorrect Boolean value.
In a query, when you select names with order, the order is incorrect in the result.
In some cases, not all labels display as expected in a cfchart output. Charting
In a cfchart output, the bar in a stacked plot appears incorrectly. Charting


  1. On 64-bit computers, use 64-bit JRE for 64-bit ColdFusion.
  2. If the ColdFusion server is behind a proxy, specify the proxy settings for the server to get the update notification and download the updates. Specify proxy settings using the system properties below in the jvm.config for a stand-alone installation, or corresponding script file for JEE installation.
    • http.proxyHost
    • http.proxyPort
    • http.proxyUser
    • http.proxyPassword
  3. For ColdFusion running on JEE application servers, stop all application server instances before installing the update.


For instructions on how to install this update, see  Server Update section. For any questions related to updates, see this FAQ

  • The update can be installed from the Administrator of a ColdFusion instance or through the command-line option.
  • Windows users can launch the ColdFusion Administrator using Start > All Programs > Adobe > Coldfusion 2018 > Administrator.
  • Windows 10, Windows Server R2 2012, and Windows Server 2019 users must use the “Run as Administrator” option to launch  wsconfig  tool at {cf_install_home}/{instance_name}/runtime/bin.
  • If you get the following error when installing the update using the Download and Install option, ensure that the folder {cf_install_home}/{instance_name}/hf_updates has write permission: "An error occurred when performing a file operation write on file {cf_install_home}/{instance_name}/hf-updates/".
  • The connector configuration files are backed up at {cf_install_home}/config/ wsconfig /backup. Add back any custom changes made to the file after reconfiguring the connector.

Installing the update manually

  1. Click the link to download the JAR.
  2. Execute the following command on the downloaded JAR. You must have privileges to start or stop ColdFusion service and full access to the ColdFusion root directory.

    Windows: <cf_root>/jre/bin/java.exe -jar <jar-file-dir>/hotfix-015-330106.jar

    Linux-based platforms: <cf_root>/jre/bin/java -jar <jar-file-dir>/hotfix-015-330106.jar

Ensure that the JRE bundled with ColdFusion is used for executing the downloaded JAR. For standalone ColdFusion, this must be at, <cf_root>/jre/bin.

Install the update from a user account that has permission to restart ColdFusion services and other configured webservers .

For further details on how to manually update the application, see the help article.

Post installation


After applying this update, the ColdFusion build number should be 2018,0,15,330106.

After applying this update, you must reinstall any custom hotfixes that might have been applied earlier. The hotfixes are located in the folder /ColdFusion2018/cfusion/hf-updates/hf-2018-00015-330106/backup/lib/updates.


To uninstall the update, perform one of the following:

  • In ColdFusion Administrator, click Uninstall in Server Update Updates Installed Updates.
  • Run the uninstaller for the update from the command prompt. For example, java -jar {cf_install_home}/{instance_home}/hf_updates/hf-2018-00015-330106/uninstall /uninstaller.jar

If you can't uninstall the update using the above-mentioned uninstall options, the uninstaller could be corrupted. However, you can manually uninstall the update by doing the following:

  1. Delete the update jar from {cf_install_home}/{instance_name}/lib/updates.
  2. Copy all folders from {cf_install_home}/{instance_name}/hf-updates/{hf-2018-00015-330106}/backup directory to {cf_install_home}/{instance_name}/

Connector configuration

2018 Update Connector recreation required
Update 15 No
Update 14 No
Update 13


You need not upgrade the connectors if you had already upgraded the connectors in Update 12.

Update 12 Yes
Update 11 Yes
Update 10 Yes
Update 9 No
Update 8 Yes
Update 7 No
Update 6 Yes
Update 5 Yes
Update 4 No
Update 3 No
Update 2 Yes
Update 1 Yes



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