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Fortify Response to Log4j (CVE-2021-44228)

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A high severity vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) impacting multiple versions of the Apache Log4j tool used in many Java-based applications was disclosed publicly on December 9, 2021. This vulnerability is also known as the Log4shell/Logjam vulnerability. When exploited, it can enable threat actors to take full control of affected systems. CVE-2021-44228 has been given the highest severity rating (10.0) by NIST.  

Several days later, another vulnerability in Log4j (CVE-2021-45046) was identified that could be exploited even after taking recommended mitigation steps such as upgrading to Log4j 2.15 or adjusting environment variables.  Apache quickly responded with version Log4j 2.16, and the race is now on as organizations around the world scramble to patch proprietary and commercially sourced Java applications as threat actors aggressively seek to exploit vulnerable apps en masse. 

CyberRes continues to analyze this remote code execution vulnerability and is taking swift remediation action to help protect our customers, wherever possible.  

We would like to announce that we have the following official resources available to support customers who are dealing with this issue: 

Fortify’s Response 

Fortify Software Composition Analysis (SCA) is powered by our long-standing partnership with Sonatype and goes beyond a single comparison of declared dependencies against the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) by using natural language processing to dynamically monitor every commit and vulnerability site.  It is capable of detecting the use of vulnerable Log4j versions throughout your software portfolio so you can quickly assess risk and prioritize remediation efforts. 

As our valued partner in this space, we want to highlight the fantastic resources Sonatype has put together around the Log4j vulnerability: 

Get for more information on how Fortify’s Software Composition Analysis offerings can help you identify and remediate applications impacted by the log4j CVEs and establish a systematic program for open source software resiliency.


Fortify has also created a new set of capabilities for Fortify WebInspect to detect out-of-band vulnerabilities and a new technique called OAST (Out-of-Band Application Security Testing). 

Update 1/31/22

We’re pleased to share that Log4j 2.17.1 patches for SCA & Tools, SSC and ScanCentral are now available on the software download portal.  Patches cover all supported versions – 20.1 through 21.2.  Additionally, the SCA 21.2.3 patch adds support for Xcode 13.2.1 and Swift 5.5.2. 

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