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2015-10 Security Bulletin: Junos: FTPS through SRX opens up wide range of data channel TCP ports (CVE-2015-5361)



Article ID: JSA10706 SECURITY_ADVISORIES Last Updated: 14 Oct 2015Version: 2.0
Product Affected:
This issue can affect all SRX Series services gateways with the FTPS Application Layer Gateway (ALG) enabled with the ftps-extensions option.
For regular, unencrypted FTP traffic, the FTP ALG can inspect the unencrypted control channel and open related sessions for the FTP data channel. These related sessions (gates) are specific to source and destination IPs and ports of client and server.

The design intent of the ftps-extensions option (which is disabled by default) is to provide similar functionality when the SRX secures the FTP/FTPS client. As the control channel is encrypted, the FTP ALG cannot inspect the port specific information and will open a wider TCP data channel (gate) from client IP to server IP on all destination TCP ports. In FTP/FTPS client environments to an enterprise network or the Internet, this is the desired behavior as it allows firewall policy to be written to FTP/FTPS servers on well-known control ports without using a policy with destination IP ANY and destination port ANY.

The ftps-extensions option is not intended or recommended where the SRX secures the FTPS server, as the wide data channel session (gate) will allow the FTPS client temporary access to all TCP ports on the FTPS server. The data session is associated to the control channel and will be closed when the control channel session closes. Depending on the configuration of the FTPS server, supporting load-balancer, and SRX inactivity-timeout values, the server/load-balancer and SRX may keep the control channel open for an extended period of time, allowing an FTPS client access for an equal duration.​

Note that the ftps-extensions option is not enabled by default.

This issue is assigned CVE-2015-5361.​​
The overall behavior of the FTP ALG with the ftps-extensions option is intended behavior and will not change. The key component to this advisory is increasing user awareness of the wide TCP data channel (gate) creation, allowing creation of any new sessions from client to server, and potential implications where the SRX protects the FTPS server and the server/load-balancer allows the control channel to remain open for an extended period.

Investigation into the issue identified two issues applicable to environments where the SRX protects both FTPS clients and servers, as well as uses FTP and FTPS over the same TCP ports to different servers.

  1. ​Due to the recent changes of OpenSSL, the FTP ALG without the ftps-extensions option may block FTPS commands over the FTP control channel. This is client and server specific, and was observed with FTPS clients that use recent versions of OpenSSL. This may result in security administrators enabling the ftps-extensions option with the intent of allowing the commands to pass, but inadvertently allowing wide gate creation. This was observed in a configuration with simultaneous FTPS client/server use, with use of the same ports for FTP and FTPS traffic.

  2. The ftps-extension option is not supported when the SRX performs a destination NAT of the FTPS server, as the ALG cannot inspect the control channel to modify the server’s IP address signaled to the client. In an environment of simultaneous FTP and FTPS server use with the ftps-extensions option enabled, the gate is created but is generally unusable by the FTPS client. However, an FTPS client with knowledge of the server’s real IP address, its NAT’d IP address, and routing reachability to the server’s real IP address may be able to use the wide gate to reach the FTPS server.
The software releases listed below resolves these issues as follows:

  1. The FTP ALG without the ftps-extensions option will allow FTPS related commands to pass over the FTP control channel. As the ftps-extension option is not enabled, the wide TCP data channel is not created.

  2. If the FTPS server is NAT’d by the SRX (destination or static NAT), the wide TCP data channel is not created.

The following software releases have been updated to resolve these specific issues: Junos OS 12.1X44-D55, 12.1X46-D40, 12.1X47-D25, 12.3X48-D15, 15.1X49-D10, and all subsequent releases.

Juniper SIRT is not aware of any malicious exploitation of this vulnerability.

No other Juniper Networks products or platforms are affected by this issue.

This issue is being tracked as PR 1067419 and is visible on the Customer Support website.

KB16765 - "In which releases are vulnerabilities fixed?" describes which release vulnerabilities are fixed as per our End of Engineering and End of Life support policies.​​
Do not enable the 'ftps-extensions' option if FTPS is not needed.​ The 'ftps-extensions' option is disabled by default.​
How to obtain fixed software:
Security vulnerabilities in Junos are fixed in the next available Maintenance Release of each supported Junos version. In some cases, a Maintenance Release is not planned to be available in an appropriate time-frame. For these cases, Service Releases are made available in order to be more timely. Security Advisory and Security Notices will indicate which Maintenance and Service Releases contain fixes for the issues described. Upon request to JTAC, customers will be provided download instructions for a Service Release. Although Juniper does not provide formal Release Note documentation for a Service Release, a list of "PRs fixed" can be provided on request.

Modification History:
Modification History:

2015-10-14: Initial publication

CVSS Score:
6.1 (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)
Severity Level:
Severity Assessment:
Information for how Juniper Networks uses CVSS can be found at KB16446 "Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) and Juniper's Security Advisories"

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