Security Advisory

OpenSSL Security Advisory
Published: June 5, 2014
Last Update: June 5, 2014

On June 5, 2014, the OpenSSL Project issued a security advisory describing six exploits within OpenSSL code. Of the six vulnerabilities outlined by OpenSSL, A10 is only vulnerable to the MITM ChangeCipherSpec (CCS) Injection flaw (CVE-2014-0224). A10 Thunder or AX ADCs are vulnerable under specific conditions described below. The vulnerability can be immediately mitigated through server updates, and A10 will be issuing a patch to secure A10 ADC and TPS platforms. Timing and details for the patch follow.

Vulnerability Assessment

Affected Platforms: Thunder and AX ADC series, Thunder TPS Series

Affected Software Versions: ACOS versions 2.6.1-GR1-x, 2.7.X, 3.0.0 (TPS)

The A10 Thunder and AX Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) are vulnerable to CVE-2014-0224- SSL/TLS Man-in-the-Middle attack. The vulnerability is limited to deployments where the Thunder or AX device is acting like an SSL client and is connecting to a back-end server that is running OpenSSL 1.0.1 or 1.0.2- beta1. For example, if a Thunder or AX ADC is terminating SSL traffic and re-encrypting the traffic before sending it to a back-end server—a server-side SSL deployment configured as “server-ssl” under the HTTPS virtual port for ADC solution — then the devices will be susceptible to the Man-in-the-Middle attack. In addition, if a Thunder or AX ADC is configured for SSL intercept as an SSL forward proxy using the “forwardproxy-enable” command, then it is also vulnerable.

Exposure on all Thunder and AX platforms is limited, as most SSL ADC deployments are configured for SSL offload and not for SSL re-encryption (server-side SSL).

With Thunder TPS, only the Web GUI is vulnerable to the MITM flaw.

There is limited vulnerability with EX and ID series products. We will be documenting vulnerabilities and mitigation recommendations shortly.

Thunder series SSL management interface (Web GUI) is not vulnerable.

Affected ADC Configurations (highlights denote specific configuration issues)

A10 Software defect 187969 has been filed to document the exploit.

ADC Server-side Deployment:

slb template server-ssl server-encryption


slb virtual-server vip

   port 443 https

   source-nat pool nat

   service-group sg101

   template client-ssl client-encryption

   template server-ssl server-encryption

Client side (client-ssl) SSL connections are not vulnerable to this exploit.

For SSL Intercept Deployment:

slb template client-ssl test


  forward-proxy-ca-cert testca

  forward-proxy-ca-key testca


slb virtual-server vip1 acl 101

  port 443 https

    name _wildcard_v4_101_HTTPS_443

    service-group rs8080

    template client-ssl test

    no-dest-nat port-translation

Additional Resources

OpenSSL Advisory

CVE Database

A10 products are NOT AFFECTED by these vulnerability advisories issued by OpenSSL on June 5, 2014:

  • CVE-2014-0221, DTLS recursion flaw
  • CVE-2014-0195, DTLS invalid fragment vulnerability
  • CVE-2014-0198, SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS NULL pointer dereference
  • CVE-2010-5298, SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS session injection or denial of service
  • CVE-2014-3470, Anonymous ECDH denial of service
Affected Releases
Workarounds and Mitigations

A10 Networks will be releasing patch(s) on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by the end of the business day. A10 recommends that customers upgrade all A10 Thunder or AX series products when the patch is available.

A10 will issue patches for the following versions of ACOS:

  • 2.6.1-GR1-P12-SP1
  • 2.7.0-P6-SP2
  • 2.7.1-P5-SP2
  • 2.7.2-P1-SP1
  • 3.0.0-tps-p1-sp1

As an immediate mitigation step, customers can upgrade vulnerable back-end servers to the patched OpenSSL server version.

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