Researchers Confirm Backdoor Password in Juniper Firewall Code

On December 17, Juniper Networks issued an urgent security advisory about “unauthorized code” found within the operating system used by some of the company’s NetScreen firewalls and Secure Service Gateway (SSG) appliances. The vulnerability, which may have been in place in some firewalls as far back as 2012 and which shipped with systems to customers until late 2013, allows an attacker to gain remote administrative access to systems with telnet or ssh access enabled. And now researchers have both confirmed that the backdoor exists and developed a tool that can scan for affected systems.

Details may be found at http://goo.gl/o728cY, while Juniper’s urgent security advisory is available at http://goo.gl/fEuAml.

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