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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Upgrade your FortiMail now!

There seems to be a vulnerarbility in some FortiMail versions, that allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to access the system by requesting a password change. Please refer to the FortiGuard PSIRT article.

The problem here is not only the unauthorized access to the system, but also the change of the password of all configured administrative accounts. Also, the maintainer functionality to reset the administrator password over a serial console of the FortiMail is being disabled from the attacker.

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WatchGuard Fireware 12.5

Watchguard is going to release Fireware version 12.5 in the next few days / weeks. From the public beta phase some new features are already known, which I would like to introduce here:

Update: Fireware 12.5 has been released.
Please check the » What’s New in Fireware v12.5 » presentation for detailed information.

Reverse Proxy for the Access Portal

In the Access Portal configuration, you can now configure reverse proxy actions so remote users can connect to internal web applications and Microsoft Exchange services with an external URL. With reverse proxy actions, you can give remote teams access to internal resources without the need for a VPN. Multi-factor authentication is supported as well.

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