Explaining Spring4Shell: The Internet security disaster that wasn’t

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Hype and hyperbole were on full display this week as the security world reacted to reports of yet another Log4Shell. The vulnerability came to light in December and is arguably one of the gravest Internet threats in years. Christened Spring4Shell—the new code-execution bug in the widely used Spring Java framework—quickly set the security world on fire as researchers scrambled to assess its severity.

One of the first posts to report on the flaw was tech news site Cyber Kendra, which warned of severe damage the flaw might cause to “tonnes of applications” and “can ruin the Internet.” Almost

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