ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 5

Note:

This security update requires ColdFusion to be on JDK 8u121 or higher.

Adobe recommends that you must manually update your ColdFusion JDK/JRE to the latest version.

In case you do not update the JDK/JRE, simply applying the update would NOT secure the server.

For Application Servers

Additionally, on JEE installations, set the following JVM flag, "-Djdk.serialFilter=!org.mozilla.** ", in the respective startup file depending on the type of Application Server being used.

For examples,

  • On Apache Tomcat Application Server, edit JAVA_OPTS in the ‘Catalina.bat/sh’ file
  • On WebLogic Application Server, edit JAVA_OPTIONS in the ‘startWeblogic.cmd’ file
  • On a WildFly/EAP Application Server, edit JAVA_OPTS in the ‘standalone.conf’ file

Set the JVM flags on a JEE installation of ColdFusion, not on a standalone installation.

ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 5 (release date September 12, 2017) includes the following changes:

  • Addresses some vulnerabilities mentioned in the security bulletin APSB 17-30
  • Several important bug fixes for security, core language features, AJAX, caching, and other areas.

For more information, refer to the release notes.

Note: This update is specific to ColdFusion (2016 release)

Note:

To view all ColdFusion (2016 release) updates, see the Updates page.

Bugs fixed

For the detailed list of bugs fixed in this update, refer to Bugs fixed list.

Known issues

For known issues in this release, refer to Known issues.

Prerequisites

  1. On 64-bit computer, use 32-bit JRE for 32-bit ColdFusion and 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.

Installation

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 2016 > Administrator.
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012 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/hotfix_005.properties".
  • The connector configuration files are backed up at {cf_install_home}/config/wsconfig/backup. Add back any custom changes made to the worker.properties 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-005-303689.jar

    Linux-based platforms: <cf_root>/jre/bin/java -jar <jar-file-dir>/hotfix-005-303689.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 permissions 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 2016,0,05,303689.

After installation, point the JDK to JDK 8u121 or higher.

Uninstallation

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-2016-00005-303689/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-2016-00005-303689}/backup directory to {cf_install_home}/{instance_name}/

Connector configuration

2016 Update Connector recreation required
Update 5 No
Update 4 No
Update 3 Yes
Update 2 No
Update 1 No

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