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Date: Mon Oct  3 19:26:42 2005
From: gautam.bipin at (Bipin Gautam)
Subject: Bypassing Personal Firewall, is it that* hard?

hello list,
Lately 'Debasis Mohanty' was refreshing some old issues. Anyways... is
Bypassing Personal Firewall & let an internal (evil) application
communicate with the external world,  the hard. I mean... OK try
this........ Lets.. me give you a simple concept. I'll call it
'passive communication' ( in lack of better world)

say... a backdoor want to communicate to its server... It can do
is,.... use a trusted internal application to do the job. Suppose; it
creates a batch file run the batch file  (evil.bat) & executes this

....Internet Explorer\> iexplore.exe

the batch file will get executed & Internet explorer will happily send
the DATA. This trick can be used to send OUTPUT as well as get
input... without trigering the firewall.

To get input; the backdoor can do is... say, run similar BAT script:

....Internet Explorer\> iexplore.exe

well... the history of the page will be there in the IE
cache... Then the backdoor can do is... RUN a string based 'GREP' in
the IE cache & see if there is any new job to acomplish.

just a rough theory... but ya its POSSIBLE; to let a internal backdoor
have I/O with its server without trigering the firewall alert....

yap it does work... using the same trick can't the backdoor happily
communicate with its server using the trick

On 9/30/05, Zone Labs Security Team <> wrote:
> Zone Labs response to "Bypassing Personal Firewall (Zone Alarm Pro)
> Using DDE-IPC"
> Overview:
> Debasis Mohanty published a notice about a potential security issue
> with personal firewalls to several security email lists on
> September 28th, 2005.   Zone Labs has investigated his claims
> and has determined that current versions of Zone Labs and
> Check Point end-point security products are not vulnerable.
> Description:
> The proof-of-concept code published uses the Windows API function
> ShellExecute() to launch a trusted program that is used to access
> the network on behalf of the untrusted program, thereby accessing
> the network without warning from the firewall.
> Impact:
> If successfully exploited, a malicious program may be able to
> access the network via a trusted program.   The ability to
> access the network would be limited to the functionality of the
> trusted program.
> Unaffected Products:
> ZoneAlarm Pro, ZoneAlarm AntiVirus, ZoneAlarm Wireless Security,
> and ZoneAlarm Security Suite version 6.0 or later automatically
> protect against this attack in the default configuration.
> ZoneAlarm Pro, ZoneAlarm AntiVirus, ZoneAlarm Wireless Security,
> and ZoneAlarm Security Suite version 5.5 are protected against
> this attack by enabling the "Advanced Program Control" feature.
> Check Point Integrity client versions 6.0 and 5.5 are protected
> against this attack by enabling the "Advanced Program Control" feature.
> Affected Products:
> ZoneAlarm free versions lack the "Advanced Program Control"
> feature and are therefore unable to prevent this bypass technique.
> Recommended Actions:
> Subscribers should upgrade to the latest version of their
> ZoneAlarm product or enable the "Advanced Program Control" feature.
> Related Resources:
> Zone Labs Security Services
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Bipin Gautam

Zeroth law of security: The possibility of poking a system from lower
privilege is zero unless & until there is possibility of direct,
indirect or consequential communication between the two...

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