Kerio Personal Firewall Denial of Service Vulnerability!

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  1. Technodrome

    Technodrome Security Expert

    Feb 13, 2002
    New York
    From: Abraham Lincoln <>

    NSSI-Research Labs Security Advisory (Philippines/.ph)

    "Maximum e-security"

    Kerio Personal Firewall 2.x.x Denial of Service Vulnerability

    Author: Abraham Lincoln Hao / SunNinja

    e-Mail: /

    Advisory Code: NSSI-2002-keriopfw

    Tested: Under Win2k Advance Server with SP3 / WinNT 4.0 with SP6a

    Vendor Status: Vendor inform us to release new version and hopefully it would patch the vulnerability.

    Vendors website:
    Severity: High

    Kerio Personal Firewall (KPF) is a software agent that builds a barrier between your personal computer and the Internet. KPF is designed to protect your PC against attacks from both the Internet, and other computers in the local network. Kerio Personal Firewall 2.x.x for windows platform contains Denial of Service vulnerability. These vulnerability could allow an attacker to hang-up the host and CPU utilization will hit up to 100%. Even if your hosts tcp/ip stack is hardened. .


    Test bed:
    [*Nix b0x with Synflooder] <===[10/100mbps switch===> [Host with KPF]

    1] DoS vulnerability with Kerio Personal Firewall 2.x.x Default Installation - KPF is vulnerable with Synflood attack by sending minimum of 300 syn packets the target host will stop from responding, 100% of the CPU utilization will be consumed and eventually hangs-up the machine.

    2] Setting the Personal firewall to High Security and Block all services and Protocols. - It is quite similar to the first one but the personal firewall is configured to block all services and protocols. After sending a minimum of 500 syn packets from port 1-1024. The host will stop from responding, 100% of the CPU utilization will be consumed.

    1] Disable the Personal Firewall or Stop the KPF service. Wiindows with latest security patch or hotfix alone can handle 300-500 syn packets from a single host.


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