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Corsaire Security Advisory - Sygate Enforcer unauthenticated broadcast issue
From: "advisories" <advisories () corsaire com>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 17:41:14 +0100
-- Corsaire Security Advisory --
Title: Sygate Enforcer unauthenticated broadcast issue
Application: Sygate Enforcer prior to 3.5MR1
Environment: Windows NT, 2000, 2003
Author: Martin O'Neal [martin.oneal () corsaire com]
Audience: General distribution
-- Scope --
The aim of this document is to clearly define an issue that exists with
the Sygate Enforcer product  that will allow a remote attacker to
pass broadcast traffic through the Enforcer prior to authentication.
-- History --
Discovered: 20.11.03 (Martin O'Neal)
Vendor notified: 14.01.04
Document released: 10.8.04
-- Overview --
Sygate Enforcers are described as  "network gateway devices that
enforce host integrity at network access points". Architecturally they
function as an authenticated, packet-filtering firewall device. The
Enforcer interacts with the Sygate Security Agent (SAA [the personal
firewall component]) product and limits access to protected
networks/hosts to authenticated clients that comply with a predefined
In practise, the Enforcer does not limit broadcast traffic (both local-
net and all-nets) from passing through prior to authentication, allowing
hosts that are protected by the Enforcer to still be attacked.
-- Recommendations --
The Enforcer product should be upgraded to a version that is not
susceptible to this issue.
If it is not possible to upgrade promptly, then it may be feasible to
protect hosts that are not local to the Enforcer by reconfiguring router
devices to not propagate broadcasts.
-- Background --
This issue was discovered using a custom protocol analysis tool
developed by Corsaire's security assessment team. This tool is not
available publicly, but is an example of the specialist approach used by
Corsaire's consultants as part of a commercial security assessment. To
find out more about the cutting edge services provided by Corsaire
simply visit our web site at http://www.corsaire.com
-- CVE --
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the name CAN-2004-0593 to this issue. This is a candidate for
inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardises
names for security problems.
-- References --
-- Revision --
a. Initial release.
-- Distribution --
This security advisory may be freely distributed, provided that it
remains unaltered and in its original form.
-- Disclaimer --
The information contained within this advisory is supplied "as-is" with
no warranties or guarantees of fitness of use or otherwise. Corsaire
accepts no responsibility for any damage caused by the use or misuse of
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