FortiGate PPPoE inside a VLAN

Some providers (like init7.ch which already uses the Swisscom XGS-PON) do encapsulate their PPPoE traffic into a VLAN Tag (802.1Q or Q-Tagged). The reason for this is, that in the majority of the cases the provider is using a layer 2 network (last mile) of another provider, which uses VLAN tagging to differentiate the traffic to different service providers.

The configuration of the FortiGate is not too complicated in those cases. It is even possible to make the whole configuration directly off the WebGUI.

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FortiGuard DNS Rating Server (SDNS) unavailable

Last update from 12.05.2021 at 09:40 Swiss local time: We have noticed an improvement in the situation. Some rare rating timeouts still show up from time to time, but the majority of requests are being answered correctly. Also the DNS servers are working as usual again.

We have noticed an increase of support requests regarding the FortiGuard DNS rating service (SDNS) today. Therefore we want to inform you about the following issue.

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FortiGate SSLVPN Update-Empfehlung

Update, Nov 2020:

More than a year after Fortinet described this SSLVPN vulnerability, it gets new attention. A few days ago a list of IPs and domain names of vulnerable Fortigates was published. This list is dated November 2019 and one can only hope that many of these systems have already been patched.

Two days ago, this list was extended with usernames and passwords that were exploted via this vulnerability. Even if the Fortigates have been patched – as long as the passwords have not been changed, an attacker could still use them to gain access to protected networks.

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FortiGate: Deny-Policies for SD-WAN members

SD-WAN is a cool feature to configure redundant internet access. But it was designed with load-balancing in mind and this brings some challenges to specific use cases. As an example, while you can use SD-WAN rules to define the preferred path for a specific application/system, it won’t prevent that the traffic is routed over another interface in case of an outage.

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CheatSheet – FortiOS v6.4

The System Engineers of BOLL Engineering have been supporting Fortigate devices for 18 years. This year, FortiOS v6.4 was released and we have again gathered all the troubleshooting commands that we use regularly in our new CheatSheet.

Hopefully this CheatSheet will help you as well.

You will find the most important commands on the first page. The second page contains troubleshooting commands for problems with firewall policies and security profiles, followed by the third page with commands for network problems. The last page covers system and hardware commands and general information.

Updated to v1.1 (addition and correction for FortiToken, 11.12.2020)

Happy troubleshooting!

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Fortigate VM Azure: IPsec performance issue

Based on two recent support cases regarding the IPsec performance between an OnPrem and Azure FortiGate, we did some testing using the latest FortiOS 6.4.1.

We’ve created a basic IPsec tunnel using the wizard, deployed an Ubuntu machine at both sites and used iPerf3 to do some speed testing. The results were nowhere near the expected numbers, while sending from Azure to OnPrem (~250Mbit/s) was a bit faster than reverse (~120Mbit/s).

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