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Chapter 10. Security in Shared and Hoste... > Risks in the Shared Environment

Risks in the Shared Environment

One benefit of the ColdFusion is that it allows hosting providers to house several ColdFusion applications on the same server. This capability comes with a number of inherent risks that come to light when several users have access to the same server. ColdFusion has many powerful features that can be used to control and manage the server, file system, and other network resources such as databases, and these features can be used maliciously unless access to them is not appropriately restricted.

CFML-Based Risks

ColdFusion's language is filled with feature-rich functions and tags capable of accessing the system's hard drive, Registry, and network resources. Improper or malicious use of many of these tags and functions by unauthorized developers (or hackers) could compromise the server, thereby compromising the data of other sites hosted on the same box.


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