Fortinet SSL VPN – Unauthenticated Arbitrary File Read (CVE-2018-13379)

Recently an unauthenticated arbitrary file read vulnerability was discovered in Fortinet VPN service. The vulnerability allows an unauthenticated remote attacker to send a specially crafted request in order to read an arbitrary file from the vulnerable server file system. The vulnerability affects the following FortiOS versions:

  • 5.6.3 to 5.6.7
  • 6.0.0 to 6.0.4

Exploits targeting this vulnerability were posted online a few days ago and researchers at F5 Networks have already detected threat campaigns targeting this vulnerability.

Mitigation with BIG-IP ASM

ASM customers under any supported BIG-IP version are already protected against this vulnerability as the exploitation attempt will be detected by existing “Path traversal” signatures.

Figure 1: Exploit blocked with Attack Signature (200000190)

Figure 2: Exploit blocked with Attack Signature (200101550)

Published Aug 27, 2019
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