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ESB-2014.0456 - [Appliance] FortiBalancer: Unauthorised access - Remote/unauthenticated

Date: 07 April 2014

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                  FortiBalancer Remote SSH Vulnerability
                               7 April 2014


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           FortiBalancer
Publisher:         Fortiguard
Operating System:  Network Appliance
Impact/Access:     Unauthorised Access -- Remote/Unauthenticated
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2014-2723 CVE-2014-2722 CVE-2014-2721

Original Bulletin:

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FortiBalancer Remote SSH Vulnerability


Risk			5 Critical 
Date			Apr 02 2014
Impact			Remote Access
CVE ID			CVE-2014-2721 password issue,
			CVE-2014-2722 key issue,
			CVE-2014-2723 permission issue
Fixed In Firmware	No patched firmware available at this time.

A platform-specific remote access vulnerability has been discovered that may 
allow a remote user to gain privileged access to affected systems using SSH. 
The vulnerability is caused by a configuration error, and is not the result 
of an underlying SSH defect.


Privileged access may be granted to unauthenticated users.

Affected Products

FortiBalancer 400, 1000, 2000 and 3000.
All software versions are affected.


Apply the patch provided on the Fortinet Support site, or use one of the 
workarounds shown below. The patch and supporting documentation are available 
in the FortiBalancer firmware download directory, accessible from The following files are available: 

FortiBalancer-Component-Patch.pdf - Installation Instructions
FBLOS-FortiBalancer-Patch-2014_02.fn - System patch

Other Workarounds: 

1. Disable SSH on the Web UI via Admin Tools -> System Management. 
Uncheck "enable SSH access" and click "save changes" on the top right. 

2. Disable SSH in the console via: 

config t
ssh off
write memory

3. Use Webwall rules in order to block TCP port 22 destined to the load 
balancer external IP address: 

config t
accesslist deny tcp 0 <external-ip-address> 22 100
accesslist permit tcp 0 0 100
accessgroup 100 <external-port>
webwall <external-port> on
write memory

4. Use a firewall to block TCP port 22 access to the FortiBalancer.

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