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Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2021 14:58:55 +0100
From: SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab <>
To: <>
Subject: [FD] SEC Consult SA-20210301-0 :: Authentication bypass
 vulnerability in Genua GenuGate High Resistance Firewall

seems we had some newline issues before, sorry for the inconvenience. Here is our advisory again:

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20210301-0 >
             title: Authentication bypass vulnerability
           product: Genua GenuGate High Resistance Firewall
vulnerable version: GenuGate <10.1 p4, <9.6 p7, <9.0/9.0 Z p19
     fixed version: GenuGate 10.1 p4 (G1010_004), 9.6 p7 (G960_007)
                    9.0 and 9.0 Z p19 (G900_019)
        CVE number: CVE-2021-27215
            impact: critical
             found: 2021-01-28
                by: Armin Stock (Atos Germany)
                    SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

                    An integrated part of SEC Consult, an Atos company
                    Europe | Asia | North America



Vendor description:
"genugate Firewall: Well Protected Against Attacks

Your level of IT security is determined largely at the interface between the
Internet and the local network. The attacks from the outside and the data
sent from the inside pass through this point.

The High Resistance Firewall genugate satisfies the highest requirements:
two different firewall systems – an application level gateway and
a packet filter, each on separate hardware – are combined to form a compact
solution. genugate is approved for classification levels German and NATO
RESTRICTED and RESTREINT UE/EU RESTRICTED. genugate is certified according
to CC EAL 4+"


Business recommendation:
The vendor provides a patched version for the affected products which should
be installed immediately.

Customers should also adhere to security best practices such as network
segmentation and limiting access to the admin panel. This is also a requirement
for certified and approved environments.

Vulnerability overview/description:
1) Authentication bypass vulnerability (CVE-2021-27215)
The Admin Web interface, the Sidechannel Web and Userweb interface can use different
methods to perform the authentication of a user. A specific authentication method during
login does not check the provided data and returns OK for any authentication request. This
allows an attacker to login to the admin panel with a user of his choice, e.g the root
user with highest privileges or even a non-existing user.

An attacker needs to have network access to the admin interface. Certified and approved
environments mandate that the admin interface is only reachable through a strictly
separated network. Nevertheless, it is a highly critical security vulnerability and
must be patched immediately.

Proof of concept:
1) Authentication bypass vulnerability (CVE-2021-27215)
During the authentication requests at the login page of the admin web interface, the
Sidechannel Web and Userweb interface, certain HTTP POST parameters are passed to the
server. By manipulating a specific parameter method, an attacker is able to bypass
the authentication easily and login as arbitrary user.

[ Detailed proof of concept removed ]

A proof of concept video is available at

Vulnerable / tested versions:
The versions 9.6 p0 and 9.6 p6 of the Genua GenuGate firewall were tested and found
to be vulnerable. The p6 version was the latest version at the time of discovery.

The supported and released product versions 9.0, 9.0 Z and 10.1 are affected as well.

Vendor contact timeline:
2021-01-29 | Contacting vendor through
             Asking for an S/MIME certificate or GnuGP key to be able to send
             an encrypted report
2021-01-29 | Received GnuGP key from vendor and sent encrypted (PGP) report.
2021-01-29 | Vendor confirmed the issue and is working on a patch.
2021-02-02 | Vendor released a patch for the affected products.
2021-02-15 | Informing CERT-Bund and about the upcoming advisory release.
2021-02-17 | Coordination call with vendor.
2021-03-01 | Coordinated release of security advisory.

The vendor provides a patched version for the affected and supported products
which should be installed immediately.

The patch can be downloaded in genugate GUI or by calling 'getpatches'
on the command line interface.

Additional information can be viewed at the vendor's support page:


Advisory URL:


SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

SEC Consult, an Atos company
Europe | Asia | North America

About SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab
The SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab is an integrated part of SEC Consult, an
Atos company. 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.

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Mail: research at sec-consult dot com

EOF A. Stock / @2021

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