Kerio Control VPN Protocol 9.2.7 Inadequate Cryptography Implementation

Risk: High
Local: No
Remote: Yes

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20181205-0 > ======================================================================= title: Inadequate cryptography implementation product: Kerio Control VPN protocol vulnerable version: <=9.2.7 fixed version: 9.2.8 CVE number: - impact: High homepage: found: 2018-10 by: W. Ettlinger (Office Vienna) SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab An integrated part of SEC Consult Europe | Asia | North America ======================================================================= Vendor description: ------------------- "Protect your network from viruses, malware and malicious activity with Kerio Control, the easy-to-administer yet powerful all-in-one security solution. Kerio Control brings together next-generation firewall capabilities -- including a network firewall and router, intrusion detection and prevention (IPS), gateway anti-virus, VPN, and web content and application filtering. These comprehensive capabilities and unmatched deployment flexibility make Kerio Control the ideal choice for small and mid-sized businesses." "Link headquarters to remote users and branch offices securely and easily. Kerioas own VPN tunneling with dead-simple setup requires minimal configuration, and provides a high performance network connection. Or, use industry-standard IPsec/L2TP for connectivity from mobile devices or third-party firewalls. Enable 2-step verification for an extra layer of security on all forms of remote access." Source: Business recommendation: ------------------------ During a quick evaluation of the Kerio Control VPN protocol, it was apparent, that the cryptographic protocol employed exhibited severe design issues. Generally, SEC Consult strongly recommends to prefer well-established standard cryptographic protocols rather than proprietary protocols wherever possible (e.g. DTLS, IPsec). Due to their widespread use, they generally receive much greater attention by experts. Therefore, many design issues with these protocols have already been detected and mitigated since. We therefore recommend businesses to switch from Kerio's proprietary VPN protocol to a standard protocol (Kerio Control e.g. supports IPsec). Note that no full audit of Kerio Control, Kerio VPN or the cryptographic protocol has been conducted. In addition to the vulnerabilities described here, we already identified critical vulnerabilities in Kerio Control in 2016. Hence we suspect there are more major security deficiencies in the product. We therefore recommend GFI software to greatly increase the efforts towards product security in order to keep customers secure. We want to explicitly thank GFI for the professional handling of the communication during this whole process. Vulnerability overview/description: ----------------------------------- After a TLS connection is established between the Kerio VPN client and the Kerio Control appliance and cryptographic keys have been securely transferred over this connection, the data sent through the VPN is transmitted in UDP packets. Each of these packets is encrypted using Blowfish in CTR mode. As this mode does not provide data authenticity, encrypted data that is modified by an attacker results in predictable modification of the plaintext. More precisely, bits that are flipped in the ciphertext result in the same bits being flipped in the plaintext after decryption. Each encrypted UDP datagram contains a simple checksum (the same checksum used by IPv4). Assuming an attacker knows the plaintext data of a datagram and is able to modify its ciphertext, it is trivial to change parts of the message, e.g. inject content into the encrypted stream, while keeping the resulting checksum identical. Proof of concept: ----------------- SEC Consult provided a proof of concept exploit script to GFI but it has been removed from this advisory in order to give customers more time to upgrade the infrastructure. Vulnerable / tested versions: ----------------------------- The version 9.2.7 build 2921 was found to be vulnerable. This version was the latest at the time of discovery and older versions are affected as well. Vendor contact timeline: ------------------------ 2018-10-17: Creating support case at, asking for security contact 2018-10-17: GFI support: Asking to upload advisory to support portal 2018-10-19: Uploading advisory 2018-10-22: GFI support: Escalated to engineers to further investigate 2018-10-25: GFI support acknowledges vulnerability 2018-11-08: GFI support: Beta version with patch available (with AES 128) 2018-11-09: Asking for release date of the patch 2018-11-12: GFI support proposes 2018-12-05 as a release date for the advisory 2018-11-19: Confirming 2018-12-05 as release date 2018-11-27: GFI releases patched version 9.2.8 2018-11-30: Asking for version number of the release with the fix 2018-12-03: GFI support: version 9.2.8 contains the patch 2018-12-05: Public release of the advisory Solution: --------- According to GFI support, both Kerio VPN client and the Kerio Control servers need to be updated to version 9.2.8 to mitigate this issue. Note that Kerio Control still supports the vulnerable protocol for backwards compatibility. According to GFI support, the next version 9.2.9 will drop the support for the old VPN protocol and will only support the new AES-based protocol. GFI support described a procedure to verify that only patched versions of the client are connected to the Kerio Control VPN: Quote: 1. Open Kerio Control administrative console 2. Click Status from the left sidebar 3. Click VPN Clients 4. Here you have displayed the list of VPN Clients. If the version column is not visible, right click on the header, select columns and select Version 5. Vulnerable clients are version 9.2.7 or earlier. Information about the current release can be found here: Workaround: ----------- none Advisory URL: ------------- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab SEC Consult Europe | Asia | North America About SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab The SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab is an integrated part of SEC Consult. It ensures the continued knowledge gain of SEC Consult in the field of network and application security to stay ahead of the attacker. The SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab supports high-quality penetration testing and the evaluation of new offensive and defensive technologies for our customers. Hence our customers obtain the most current information about vulnerabilities and valid recommendation about the risk profile of new technologies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Interested to work with the experts of SEC Consult? Send us your application Interested in improving your cyber security with the experts of SEC Consult? Contact our local offices ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mail: research at sec-consult dot com Web: Blog: Twitter: EOF W. Ettlinger / @2018

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