Critical vulnerabilities at Fortinet

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The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) warns of a security gap in several versions of the Fortinet operating system FortiOS, which is used in the manufacturer's firewalls.

The vulnerability allows unauthenticated external attackers to execute code and commands via crafted HTTP requests. According to the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), the vulnerability received a rating of “critical” with a score of 9,8. The US security authority CISA, like the BSI, has issued a warning and states that the security vulnerability in FortiOS is already being actively attacked by hackers.

Fortinet has now released a patch. Users who cannot update their systems immediately should disable SSL VPN features on the devices. Regardless of the manufacturer, firewalls are generally attractive targets for cyber attacks due to their importance as essential IT protection measures.

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About the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is the federal cyber security authority and the creator of secure digitization in Germany. The guiding principle: As the federal cyber security authority, the BSI designs information security in digitization through prevention, detection and reaction for the state, economy and society.


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