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Juniper Advisory
Juniper Advisory
Juniper Advisory

PR09-05: ScreenOS remote information disclosure on Juniper Netscreen ScreenOS Firewalls

Vulnerability found: 22nd March 2009

Vendor informed: 22nd March 2009

Severity: Low (information disclosure)


By simply requesting the about.html file, the firewall returns the version of ScreenOS and patch level used and the feature set.
No authentication is needed to retrieve this information on the firewall's OS. It is common to find exposed ScreenOS WebUI firewall management front-ends on the Internet, attackers might use the exposed information to carry out targeted attacks knowing the version and patch level of the firmware used.  

Successfully tested on:
Juniper Networks SSG 320 ScreenOS Version: 6.2.0r1.0
Juniper Networks netscreen SSG 520 ScreenOS Version:6.1.0r1.0
Juniper Networks netscreen 208 ScreenOS Version: 5.4.0r10.0

Proof of concept:



                Juniper Networks, Inc.

                Version: 6.2.0r1.0 (Firewall+VPN)

                ScreenOS WebUI
                Copyright =A9 1997-2008 Juniper Networks, Inc.
                All Rights Reserved.

                For the latest technical information visit:


A remote attacker could recover information with regards to the target site's operating system version and patch level. 

This kind of information might be useful to attackers in certain scenarios. i.e.: when attempting to exploit published 

vulnerabilities in a outdated version of ScreenOS.


Ensure that the firewall's management interface is disabled on the Internet connected interface, by disabling WeBUI within service 

options on the Internet connected interface.

Juniper Networks have released the 6.2.0r2.0, 6.2R2 and 5.4.0r12 software updates on the 8th April 2009 which solves the issue.

Vendor feedback:-

Juniper stated that no security advisory is needed to be released due to the low CVSS score of the vulnerability, and Juniper knew of the issue already. 

Procheckup found this issue affected different Juniper firewall firmware, going back to at least 2006. 



Credits: Richard Brain of ProCheckUp Ltd (www.procheckup.com) 


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