Beware of Remote Attacks on Juniper Networks Devices!

CVECVE-2024-21606
CVSScvssV3_1: 7.5
SourceCVE-2024-21606

Juniper Networks devices running Junos OS like the SRX Series firewalls are prone to a denial of service vulnerability due to a double free error in the flow processing daemon (flowd).

An unauthenticated remote attacker can craft and send a special sequence of TCP packets to exploit this issue. This will cause flowd, which is responsible for processing network traffic flows, to crash and restart repeatedly.

As a result, legitimate traffic may get dropped and network connectivity could be disrupted for users connecting through VPNs that use TCP encapsulation profiles.

Organizations using affected Juniper devices need to apply the latest security patches as mentioned in the advisory to fix this vulnerability. It is also recommended to filter incoming traffic at the network perimeter to block malicious packets from potential attackers.

Users should check with their network administrators to ensure proper security updates are in place. Remote access VPNs provide flexibility but also expand the attack surface, so extra caution is warranted. Staying on top of security advisories and timely patching is key to avoid disruptions from remote exploitation of software flaws.

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