Check Point Firewall-1 SMTP Resource Exhaustion Vulnerability

The Check Point Firewall-1 SMTP Security Server in Firewall-1 4.0 and 4.1 on Windows NT is vulnerable to a simple network-based attack which can increase the firewall's CPU utilization to 100%. Sending a stream of binary zeros (or other invalid SMTP commands) to the SMTP port on the firewall raises the target system's load to 100% while the load on the attacker's machine remains relatively low. According to Check Point Software this only disables mail relay while allowing other firewall operations to continue normally.


 

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