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A recently identified backdoor in hardware sold by security company Fortinet has been found in several new products, many that were running current software, the company warned this week.

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Jan 22, 2016 The company went on to say the undocumented method for logging into servers using the secure shell (SSH) protocol was a 'remote management' feature that had been removed in July 2014. Connector/NET is a fully-managed ADO.NET driver for MySQL. MySQL Connector/NET 8.0 is compatible with all MySQL versions starting with MySQL 5.6. Muon is a graphical SSH client. It has a enhanced SFTP file browser, SSH terminal emulator, remote resource/process manager, server disk space analyzer, remote text editor, huge remote log viewer and lots of other helpful tools, which makes it easy to work with remote servers.

The undocumented account with a hard-coded password came to light last week when attack code exploiting the backdoor was posted online. In response, Fortinet officials said it affected only older versions of Fortinet's FortiOS software. The company went on to say the undocumented method for logging into servers using the secure shell (SSH) protocol was a 'remote management' feature that had been removed in July 2014.

In a blog post published this week, Fortinet revised the statement to say the backdoor was still active in several current company products, including some versions of its FortiSwitch, FortiAnalyzer, and FortiCache devices. The company said it made the discovery after conducting a review of its products. Company officials wrote:

As previously stated, this vulnerability is an unintentional consequence of a feature that was designed with the intent of providing seamless access from an authorized FortiManager to registered FortiGate devices. It is important to note, this is not a case of a malicious backdoor implemented to grant unauthorized user access.

In accordance with responsible disclosure, today we have issued a security advisory that provides a software update that eliminates this vulnerability in these products. This update also covers the legacy and end-of-life products listed above. We are actively working with customers and strongly recommend that all customers using the following products update their systems with the highest priority:

  • FortiAnalyzer: 5.0.0 to 5.0.11 and 5.2.0 to 5.2.4 (branch 4.3 is not affected)
  • FortiSwitch: 3.3.0 to 3.3.2
  • FortiCache: 3.0.0 to 3.0.7 (branch 3.1 is not affected)
  • FortiOS 4.1.0 to 4.1.10
  • FortiOS 4.2.0 to 4.2.15
  • FortiOS 4.3.0 to 4.3.16
  • FortiOS 5.0.0 to 5.0.7

Undocumented backdoors have long been a security concern because they make it possible for outsiders to gain unauthorized access to sensitive devices. Backdoors have received increased scrutiny since network hardware maker Juniper dropped last month's bombshell that there was unauthorized code added to its Netscreen line of firewalls. Among other things, the unauthorized code in the Juniper product allowed attackers to surreptitiously decrypt encrypted traffic. While Fortinet officials say the backdoor in its products had no malicious intentions, there's little doubt it could be used for covert eavesdropping by people with knowledge of its presence.


ssh-keygen - authentication key generation, management and conversion


ssh-keygen [-q] [-bbits] -ttype [-Nnew_passphrase] [-Ccomment] [-foutput_keyfile]

ssh-keygen -p [-Pold_passphrase] [-Nnew_passphrase] [-fkeyfile]

ssh-keygen -i [-finput_keyfile]

ssh-keygen -e [-finput_keyfile]

ssh-keygen -y [-finput_keyfile]


ssh-keygen -c [-Ppassphrase] [-Ccomment] [-fkeyfile]

ssh-keygen -l [-finput_keyfile]

ssh-keygen -B [-finput_keyfile]

ssh-keygen -Dreader

ssh-keygen -Fhostname [-fknown_hosts_file] [-l]

ssh-keygen -H [-fknown_hosts_file]

ssh-keygen -Rhostname [-fknown_hosts_file]

ssh-keygen -Ureader [-finput_keyfile]

ssh-keygen -rhostname [-finput_keyfile] [-g]

ssh-keygen -Goutput_file [-v] [-bbits] [-Mmemory] [-Sstart_point]

ssh-keygen -Toutput_file-finput_file [-v] [-anum_trials] [-Wgenerator]

ssh-keygen [-n] [-Dsmartcard]


ssh-keygen generates, manages and converts authentication keys for ssh(1). ssh-keygen can create RSA keys for use by SSH protocol version 1and RSA or DSA keys for use by SSH protocol version 2. The type of key to be generated is specified with the -t option. If invoked without anyarguments, ssh-keygen will generate an RSA key for use in SSH protocol 2 connections.

ssh-keygen is also used to generate groups for use in Diffie-Hellman group exchange (DH-GEX). See the MODULI GENERATION section for details.

Normally each user wishing to use SSH with RSA or DSA authentication runs this once to create the authentication key in ~/.ssh/identity,~/.ssh/id_dsa or ~/.ssh/id_rsa. Additionally, the system administrator may use this to generate host keys, as seen in /etc/rc.

Normally this program generates the key and asks for a file in which to store the private key. The public key is stored in a file with the same name but'.pub' appended. The program also asks for a passphrase. The passphrase may be empty to indicate no passphrase (host keys must have an empty passphrase), orit may be a string of arbitrary length. A passphrase is similar to a password, except it can be a phrase with a series of words, punctuation, numbers,whitespace, or any string of characters you want. Good passphrases are 10-30 characters long, are not simple sentences or otherwise easily guessable (Englishprose has only 1-2 bits of entropy per character, and provides very bad passphrases), and contain a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, andnon-alphanumeric characters. The passphrase can be changed later by using the -p option.

There is no way to recover a lost passphrase. If the passphrase is lost or forgotten, a new key must be generated and copied to the corresponding public keyto other machines.

For RSA1 keys, there is also a comment field in the key file that is only for convenience to the user to help identify the key. The comment can tell whatthe key is for, or whatever is useful. The comment is initialized to '[email protected]' when the key is created, but can be changed using the -c option.

After a key is generated, instructions below detail where the keys should be placed to be activated.

The options are as follows:

Specifies the number of primality tests to perform when screening DH-GEX candidates using the -T command.Ssh-2.0-openssh_7.4

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-B' Show the bubblebabble digest of specified private or public key file.

Specifies the number of bits in the key to create. For RSA keys, the minimum size is 768 bits and the default is 2048 bits. Generally, 2048 bits is consideredsufficient. DSA keys must be exactly 1024 bits as specified by FIPS 186-2.

Provides a new comment.

-c' Requests changing the comment in the private and public key files. This operation is only supported for RSA1 keys. The program will prompt forthe file containing the private keys, for the passphrase if the key has one, and for the new comment.

Download the RSA public key stored in the smartcard in reader.

-e' This option will read a private or public OpenSSH key file and print the key in RFC 4716 SSH Public Key File Format to stdout. This option allowsexporting keys for use by several commercial SSH implementations.

Search for the specified hostname in a known_hosts file, listing any occurrences found. This option is useful to find hashed host names oraddresses and may also be used in conjunction with the -H option to print found keys in a hashed format.

Specifies the filename of the key file.

Generate candidate primes for DH-GEX. These primes must be screened for safety (using the -T option) before use.

-g' Use generic DNS format when printing fingerprint resource records using the -r command.

-H' Hash a known_hosts file. This replaces all hostnames and addresses with hashed representations within the specified file; the originalcontent is moved to a file with a .old suffix. These hashes may be used normally by ssh and sshd, but they do not reveal identifying informationshould the file's contents be disclosed. This option will not modify existing hashed hostnames and is therefore safe to use on files that mix hashed andnon-hashed names.

-i' This option will read an unencrypted private (or public) key file in SSH2-compatible format and print an OpenSSH compatible private (or public)key to stdout. ssh-keygen also reads the RFC 4716 SSH Public Key File Format. This option allows importing keys from several commercial SSHimplementations.

-l' Show fingerprint of specified public key file. Private RSA1 keys are also supported. For RSA and DSA keys ssh-keygen tries to find thematching public key file and prints its fingerprint. If combined with -v, an ASCII art representation of the key is supplied with the fingerprint.

Specify the amount of memory to use (in megabytes) when generating candidate moduli for DH-GEX.

-n' Extract the public key from smartcard.


Provides the new passphrase.

Provides the (old) passphrase.

-p' Requests changing the passphrase of a private key file instead of creating a new private key. The program will prompt for the file containing theprivate key, for the old passphrase, and twice for the new passphrase.

-q' Silence ssh-keygen. Used by /etc/rc when creating a new key.

Removes all keys belonging to hostname from a known_hosts file. This option is useful to delete hashed hosts (see the -H option above).

Print the SSHFP fingerprint resource record named hostname for the specified public key file.

Specify start point (in hex) when generating candidate moduli for DH-GEX.

Test DH group exchange candidate primes (generated using the -G option) for safety.

Specifies the type of key to create. The possible values are 'rsa1' for protocol version 1 and 'rsa' or 'dsa' for protocol version 2.

Upload an existing RSA private key into the smartcard in reader.

-v' Verbose mode. Causes ssh-keygen to print debugging messages about its progress. This is helpful for debugging moduli generation. Multiple-v options increase the verbosity. The maximum is 3.

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Specify desired generator when testing candidate moduli for DH-GEX.

-y' This option will read a private OpenSSH format file and print an OpenSSH public key to stdout.

Moduli Generation

ssh-keygen may be used to generate groups for the Diffie-Hellman Group Exchange (DH-GEX) protocol. Generating these groups is a two-step process:first, candidate primes are generated using a fast, but memory intensive process. These candidate primes are then tested for suitability (a CPU-intensiveprocess).

Generation of primes is performed using the -G option. The desired length of the primes may be specified by the -b option. Forexample:

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