Within the last couple of days, news of the Apache Log4j vulnerability, or CVE-2021-44228, has swept the internet. This vulnerability could have severe repercussions for anyone using Apache Log4j, or using products that contain Apache Log4j.
What is the Apache Log4j Vulnerability?
Apache Log4j is an open-source logging product that is present in many Java-based applications used by businesses and organizations — meaning that this vulnerability may only affect you if you have any applications that contain Apache Log4j or use Java. Therefore, if your business doesn’t have any products that use Java, then you are not vulnerable.
However, if your business does use any Java-based applications, or applications that use Apache Log4j, you may be at high risk of a security breach. As Wired mentioned in a recent article, with this new Apache Log4j vulnerability comes the possibility of remote code execution, meaning that a hacker will be able to run a command via code on your website or computer and take control. As of right now, there are active cases of this vulnerability being exploited by hackers, so it is important to take action immediately.
What can I do about the Apache Log4j Vulnerability?
In terms of next steps, merchants should ask all of their critical vendors if their products contain this vulnerability, and what they’ve done to fix this issue today. Consumers should be sure to continue to run their updates on any products or software that they may have, especially as security and bug fixes are pushed through. It’s important to note that this issue is still currently evolving, as it is breaking news for everyone. As time progresses, more solutions will be found and implemented by cybersecurity teams.
For Bytes.co Clients:
Thankfully, the majority of our clients’ websites are not at risk of this vulnerability, although our team of web developers are proactively looking for this vulnerability across our client’s websites. If found to be at risk, our team will be in touch shortly about mitigation strategies and will work diligently until any security issues are resolved. For our clients, if you’re concerned that your website may be at risk, contact [email protected] for confirmation.
If You’re Not a Bytes.co Client:
If you’re not already a client of ours, but you’re worried what this means for your website, also feel free to contact our sales team to learn more about how we can help you.