This is an evolving issue and we will update this page as more information becomes available.

Q: Is PDF Studio affected by the recent CVE-2021-44228 – Apache Log4j Vulnerability?

A: NO, the new log4j vulnerability does NOT affect our PDF Studio & PDF Studio Viewer products. This applies to all 5 of the recently reported log4j  vulnerabilities.

  • CVE-2021-44228 (CVSS score: 10.0) – A remote code execution vulnerability affecting Log4j versions from 2.0-beta9 to 2.14.1 (Fixed in version 2.15.0)
  • CVE-2021-45046 (CVSS score: 9.0) – An information leak and remote code execution vulnerability affecting Log4j versions from 2.0-beta9 to 2.15.0, excluding 2.12.2 (Fixed in version 2.16.0)
  • CVE-2021-45105 (CVSS score: 7.5) – A denial-of-service vulnerability affecting Log4j versions from 2.0-beta9 to 2.16.0 (Fixed in version 2.17.0)
  • CVE-2021-4104 (CVSS score: 8.1) – An untrusted deserialization flaw affecting Log4j version 1.2 (No fix available; Upgrade to version 2.17.0)
  • CVE-2021-44832 (not yet scored) – A remote code execution attack affecting Log4j versions from 2.0-beta9 to 2.17.0 (Fixed in version 2.17.1)

 

One of our 3rd party libraries did contain some unused Log4j files. To avoid false positive results in virus scanners we have released updates to all our affected versions so they no longer contain these unused files.

The below versions have removed the unused Log4j files. Use the links below to download the latest update for your version.

 

Check back for any updates to this issue.

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2021 at 08:00 am EST

 


Background & Summary

Please see additional details on this security threat below.

On December 9, 2021, a vulnerability was reported by NIST that announced a recent vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) in the Apache Log4j library. Systems running Apache Log4j version 2.14.1 or below to be compromised and allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. This module is found in many other software applications which means it can be found in many products and it is trivial to exploit.

More specifically, Java Naming Directory Interface (JNDI) features used in configuration, log messages, and parameters do not protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints. An attacker who can control log messages or log message parameters can execute arbitrary code loaded from remote servers when message lookup substitution is enabled.

A more detailed explanation of this export can be found at this link: https://www.fortinet.com/blog/psirt-blogs/apache-log4j-vulnerability

CVE Details

CVE-ID

CVE-2021-442288

Description

Apache Log4j2 <=2.14.1 JNDI features used in configuration, log messages, and parameters do not protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints. An attacker who can control log messages or log message parameters can execute arbitrary code loaded from LDAP servers when message lookup substitution is enabled. From log4j 2.15.0, this behavior has been disabled by default. In previous releases (>2.10) this behavior can be mitigated by setting system property “log4j2.formatMsgNoLookups” to &#8220;true&#8221; or by removing the JndiLookup class from the classpath (example: zip -q -d log4j-core-*.jar org/apache/logging/log4j/core/lookup/JndiLookup.class). Java 8u121 (see https://www.oracle.com/java/technologies/javase/8u121-relnotes.html) protects against remote code execution by defaulting “com.sun.jndi.rmi.object.trustURLCodebase” and “com.sun.jndi.cosnaming.object.trustURLCodebase” to “false”.

Impacted Versions

Apache Log4j 2.x <= 2.15.0-rc1

CVSS: 10 (CRITICAL)

 


CVE-ID

CVE-2021-45046

Description

It was found that the fix to address CVE-2021-44228 in Apache Log4j 2.15.0 was incomplete in certain non-default configurations. This could allows attackers with control over Thread Context Map (MDC) input data when the logging configuration uses a non-default Pattern Layout with either a Context Lookup (for example, $${ctx:loginId}) or a Thread Context Map pattern (%X, %mdc, or %MDC) to craft malicious input data using a JNDI Lookup pattern resulting in a denial of service (DOS) attack. Log4j 2.15.0 restricts JNDI LDAP lookups to localhost by default. Note that previous mitigations involving configuration such as to set the system property `log4j2.noFormatMsgLookup` to `true` do NOT mitigate this specific vulnerability. Log4j 2.16.0 fixes this issue by removing support for message lookup patterns and disabling JNDI functionality by default. This issue can be mitigated in prior releases (<2.16.0) by removing the JndiLookup class from the classpath (example: zip -q -d log4j-core-*.jar org/apache/logging/log4j/core/lookup/JndiLookup.class).

Impacted Versions

Apache Log4j 2.x <= 2.15.0-rc1

CVSS: 9 (Severe)