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Re: Sonicwall diag tool includes VPN credentlials
From: "neil gardner" <neil.gardner () alliedtelesyn co nz>
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2004 09:04:39 +1200

Nope, as a Sonicwall Certified Engineer I can tell you this is basically

Yes, it does save all the important keys in Plaintext, but only if you
don't read the manual which warns about this, and only if you click ok
on the dialog box pop-up which warns you about this when you go to do

The legit need for this BTW is when you have to replicate a firewall
config onto another Sonicwall box that's perhaps different architecture
and you need a human readable copy of all the keys etc.

Cheers- Neil Gardner

ps. The more interesting Sonicwall issue is that if you don't change
the default IP address of the Sonicwall ( then anyone
with access to your LAN segment can change the LAN Ip address of the
Sonicwall using a publically available Sonicwall utility - even if the
box has had it's username/password changed.... If I bothered to sniff
out the transaction I would probably be able to recreate the ARP request
that does this. I reported this in person to a Senior SOnicwall tech rep
and he didn't think it was an issue. Go Figure.

Milton Lopez <mlopez () iattc org> 31/07/2004 9:46:07 a.m. >>>

Our Sonicwall Pro 300 firewall appliance includes a diagnostic tool
called "Tech Support Report", which dumps the current configuration info
to a plain text file. I have been asked by Sonicwall personnel to email
this file as an attachment during several tech. support calls, without
any additional warning or explanation. One of the items included in the
report is a plain-text copy of the Shared Secret used for authenticating
VPN users. Unless everything I've read about protecting this kind of

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