Fortinet FortiSIEM CVE-2019-16153 Hardcoded Credentials Vulnerability



Date Discovered

January 13, 2020


Fortinet FortiSIEM is prone to a hard-coded credentials vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to gain unauthorized access to the vulnerable device and perform unauthorized actions. Versions prior to Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.2.6 are vulnerable.

Technologies Affected

  • Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.0.1
  • Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.1.0
  • Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.1.1
  • Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.1.2
  • Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.2.1
  • Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.2.5


Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.
Filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary if global access isn't needed. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.



Srour Ganoush, CERT CYBERPROTECT, Chris Armstrong from CSCI, Inc.

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