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Barracuda Spam Firewall contains hardcoded default login credentials

Vulnerability Note VU#199348

Original Release Date: 2006-08-24 | Last Revised: 2006-08-29


Barracuda Spam Firewalls from version to have default login credentials that can not be modified by an administrator.


Barracuda Spam Firewall appliances provide ingress and egress spam filtering for local area networks. An administrator will typically log into the device by supplying credentials to a secure web-interface.

Barracuda Spam Firewalls version to have a guest account with a fixed username and password. This account can log in to the web interface and can not be restricted by the system's built-in access control lists.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker can view system configuration files or other sensitive data.


Barracuda has published updates that address this issue. Refer to the systems affected portion of this document for more details.

Restrict Access
Do not allow access to the web interface of the Barracuda Spam Firewall from untrusted networks.

Block Access to the Web Interface
Blocking access to ports 443/tcp and 8080/tcp will prevent any user from logging into the web-interface, but will not interfere with the spam filtering functions of the firewall.

Vendor Information


Barracuda Networks Affected

Updated:  August 24, 2006



Vendor Statement

On August 3, 2006, system settings were delivered to all Barracuda Spam Firewalls in the field via Energize Updates to disable the underlying mechanisms behind these vulnerabilities. As such, no Barracuda Spam Firewalls with current Energize Updates subscriptions should be affected by these vulnerabilities.

As part of the test rollout, these settings were initially delivered with the upgrade to early release firmware on July 14, 2006. These settings were later successfully delivered with the upgrade to generally available firmware on July 18, 2006. While it is generally recommended that customers upgrade to the latest release, these upgrades are no longer necessary for protection against these specific vulnerabilities.

To avoid future vulnerabilities, Barracuda Networks recommends that customers restrict unnecessary external Web access to their Barracuda Spam Firewalls.

For firmware version 3.3.x and earlier: upgrade to firmware version
For firmware version 3.4.x: upgrade to firmware version

For more info:
Phone    +1 408 342 5400, +1 888 Anti-Spam
Standard Phone or Email Technical Support offered 24 x 7.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

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Thanks to Greg Sinclair for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-4082
Severity Metric: 2.57
Date Public: 2006-08-01
Date First Published: 2006-08-24
Date Last Updated: 2006-08-29 18:30 UTC
Document Revision: 31

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