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[ISSForum] ISS Protection Brief: Checkpoint VPN-1 ASN.1 Decoding Remote Compromise
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nternet Security Systems Protection Brief
July 28, 2004
Check Point VPN-1 ASN.1 Decoding Remote Compromise
ISS has shipped protection for a flaw X-Force has discovered in CheckPoint
VPN-1 Server. The Check Point VPN-1 product is widely relied upon to
provide secure remote access to private networks from less trusted network
environments. When establishing an encrypted connection to a virtual
private network (VPN), it is possible for an attacker to trigger a buffer
overflow vulnerability in an ASN.1 decoding library within the VPN-1
The vulnerability described in this advisory is distinct and separate
frompreviously announced issues and customers are advised to assess
their protection accordingly.
Compromise of VPN-1 networks may lead to exposure of confidential information,
loss of productivity, and further network compromise. Successful exploitation
of this vulnerability could be used to gain unauthorized access to networks
being protected by Check Point?s VPN-1 product. No authentication would be
required for an attacker to leverage this vulnerability to compromise a VPN,
and operational VPN-1 installations will likely be vulnerable in their
For the complete X-Force Protection Alert, please visit:
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