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Bypassing website filter in SonicWall
From: Marc Ruef <marc.ruef () computec ch>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 20:36:24 +0100


I found a little weakness in SonicWall: I turn on the blocking
mechanism for websites (e.g. www.google.com). Now I can't reach
the website using the domainname. But if I choose the IP address of the
host (e.g., I can contact the forbidden
website. The same issue I've discovered for NetGear FM114P in

It would make sense if you can do an internal nslookup. Otherwise the
user can do a workaround and adding always the ip address(es) of the
blocked websites. But this can cause some problems if there were some
virtual hostings. A smart attacker can use some dottless-ips to bypass
the new workaround IP filter. The box will sadly loose performance
because of the additional filter line(s).

My description was sent on 02/10/15 to info () sonicwall com - No response
came back. The blocking URL message style and problem reminds my the
website blocking mechanism by NetGears FM114P. It could be that both
use the same mechanism (by a 3rd party?). So, if the bug is fixed for
one box the other will also be fixed - I think so.

Bye, Marc

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