This week, we have news on the Log4Shell vulnerability affecting applications and infrastructure using the ubiquitous Log4j library. In addition, there’s an article on how API sprawl is becoming a threat to the digital economy, a guide on API security design best practices, and views on the benefits of the zero trust approach for API security.
Vulnerability: Log4Shell Vulnerability Poses a Critical Threat to Applications
The major news this week is the critical vulnerability in the ubiquitous Log4j Java logging library. A combination of factors — including the ease of exploit (several example exploits were posted within hours of disclosure), the prevalence of the library, and the impact of the vulnerability (including complete server takeover) — has led to the vulnerability being classified a maximum score of ten on the CVSS scale. The vulnerability has been assigned the identifier CVE-2021-44228.