Backdoor in Fortinet´s firewall Fortigate Jun 01 2005 11:09PM
Johan Andersson (andersson one se) (1 replies)
Re: Backdoor in Fortinet´s firewall Fortigate Jun 02 2005 07:28PM
Michael J McCafferty (mike m5computersecurity com) (1 replies)
Re: Backdoor in Fortinet´s firewall Fortigate Jun 03 2005 06:08PM
Derek Martin (code pizzashack org)
On Thu, Jun 02, 2005 at 12:28:53PM -0700, Michael J McCafferty wrote:
> This is a documented feature of the FortiGate and FortiLog devices.
> You must have a local serial connection. So, this is not remotely
> exploitble. If someone has physical access to your firewall to make
> a serial connection, then you have plenty of other problems too.

While this is definitely so, in the real world we do not always have
complete control over who has physical access to our devices. We may,
for example, have co-located devices in a facility managed by some
other entity.

Some PC manufacturers have a jumper on the motherboard which can be
used to reset BIOS passwords/defaults, which requires that the machine
be taken out of service in order to be reset (or tampered with). I
think this is a much better model for device recovery than a default
password on a console login... We are probably a lot more likely to
notice our firewall being taken out of service than we are to notice
someone tampering with the console...

Derek D. Martin
GPG Key ID: 0x81CFE75D

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