WatchGuard announced new «Service Status Page»

Today WatchGuard launched a new page where you can see the status of WatchGuard Cloud Services.

For each region, you’ll find the current status separated by products and the major features that WatchGuard provides. Every line has a simple status indicator to communicate its condition:

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Windows update breaks SSO event log readers (FSSO, PAN UIA, WG ELM)

Microsoft has released KB5003646 on the 6th of June 2021. Part of this update is a security hardening measurement to align with recommendations as a conclusion out of CVE-2021-31958.

As a known issue of this KB5003646, microsoft has noted in the release notes: «After installing this or later updates, apps accessing event logs on remote devices might be unable to connect.»

This is exactly what is happening on Fortinet FSSO (FSSO with FortiGate, as well as FSSO over the FortiAuthenticator) and Palo Alto Networks User-ID Agent. They are not working anymore after the installation of Update KB5003646.

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Exchange Hafnium Vulnerability March 2021

Let’s mention the important things first: Please patch you vulnerable Exchange 2013, 2016 and 2019 immediately! The page msxfaq has published an infosite to this vulnerability including the instructions how to fix your Exchange.

Even though we, as Boll Engineering AG, are not associated in any way with the affected product, a lot of our customer reported, that they have vulnerable systems in place and may be affected by this bug. We have been asked if IPS signatures and WAF patches are already implemented. Therefore we decided to post this blog to raise the awareness of this vulnerability once more, even after the broad press has already published a lot of releases regarding this matter.

This blog post regards the following CVE reports:

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WatchGuard announces Dark Web Scan Feature

WatchGuard announced in the last days a new feature called Dark Web Scan. The feature is hosted in the WatchGuard cloud. With this new tool, you can perform searches based on email addresses and domain names to see which accounts have been exposed on the dark web during known data breaches.

Here are some screenshots from my test:

You can find the Dark Web Scan in your WatchGuard Cloud account under Administration –> Dark Web Scan
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WatchGuard Fireware Features pro Version

Sicherlich haben Sie sich schon gefragt, wann welches Feature in welchem Fireware Release eingeführt wurde. Da sich dies nur mühsam per Release Notes oder Dokumentation rausfinden lässt, hat WatchGuard für ihre Features einen KB Artikel mit einer Feature Liste pro Version erstellt:

New Firebox features by Fireware version

WatchGuard Authentication fails with AuthPoint Gateway lower than version 5.1.5

What is the problem?
AuthPoint Gateway software must be updated to the latest available version, v5.1.5 before the week of 10 October 2019. If you do not update your AuthPoint Gateway before 10 October, it is likely that all authentication will fail for your AuthPoint user base.

When must I update my AuthPoint Gateway?
If you use AuthPoint Gateway software v5.1.3.158 or lower, you must update your Gateway software to v5.1.5 as soon as possible. If you update your Gateway software before the dates referenced below, this issue will not impact you.

  • For AuthPoint users in the APAC cloud region – 10 October 2019
  • For AuthPoint users in the EMEA cloud region – 16 October 2019
  • For AuthPoint users in the AMER cloud region – 17 October 2019
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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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WatchGuard Fireware Version 12.4

WatchGuard hat die neuste Version von Fireware 12.4. herausgebracht. Wir haben hier die grössten Änderungen dokumentiert.

Die Software können Sie auf folgender Seite herunterladen:
Ebenfalls gibt es ein komplettes What’s new in 12.4 Dokument hier: What’s new in 12.4 oder ein Webinar.


Fireware bietet bereits seit der Version 12.3. die Funktionalität SD-WAN an, welche die bisherige Funktion policy-based routing ersetzt. Mit SD-WAN ist es möglich, Interface Failover und Failback detailliert zu konfigurieren. Dabei ist es möglich, neu mit 12.4 auch interne Interfaces und BOVPN virtual Interface Tunnels in diese SD-WAN Aktionen miteinzubeziehen. So lassen sich jetzt zum Beispiel eine Aussenstelle mittels einem BOVPN und einer Mitleitung, welche intern geroutet wird, überwachen und bei Ausfall entsprechend zu reagieren. Auf den jeweiligen Interfaces lassen sich die Paketverlustrate, Latency und Jitter messen und anhand diesen Kriterien ein Failover veranlassen.

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Locky – New Crypto Ransomware in the Wild


Jonas Spieckermann, Watchguard

Artikel vom WatchGuard Security Center:

Last week,  a new ransomware variant called Locky began spreading in the wild.

Locky encrypts data on an infected system using AES encryption, and then leaves a blackmail letter (which is localized in several languages) asking for half a bitcoin to get your data back. More disturbingly, it also searches for any network share (not just mapped shares), and encrypts data on those remote shares as well. If you leverage cloud storage solutions, your backup may get infected as well when it synchronizes the encrypted files. Currently, researchers have not found a way to decrypt files Locky has locked.

Figure 1: Example of Locky’s ransom warning.
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How to prevent ransomware and other malicious malware with your Firebox

The number of ransomware incidents has exploded in the last few years, infecting hundreds of thousands of systems worldwide. Ransomware is malware that’s designed to hold your data hostage unless you pay up. Wait too long —or try to rescue it — and that data can be gone for good.

To protect your network and computers from ransomware and other malicious malware, be sure to first perform these fundamental tasks:

  • Backup and recovery
  • Segment BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) from main network
  • Run antivirus software on clients

Is Your Firebox Ready to Block Ransomware?

Follow these steps to defend your network from malicious malware.

Signature Updates

  • Make sure the signatures for Gateway AntiVirus, IPS, and Application Control are up to date.
  • Enable automatic updates of all your signatures.


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