Security Advisory

WAF - SQL Injection Attack (SQLIA) Vulnerability
Published: July 18, 2018
Last Update: July 23, 2018

A remote attacker could send specially-crafted SQL statements, which could be passed through by the ACOS Web Application Firewall (WAF) rather than being dropped per configured rules. This could allow a remote attacker to conduct an SQL injection attack on targeted systems. Accordingly, the following vulnerabilities are addressed in this document.

Item # Vulnerability ID Score Source Score Summary
1 A10-2017-0008 (a) CVSS 3.0 7.4 High WAF: SQL Injection Attack (SQLIA) Vulnerability

(a) A10 Networks, Inc. assigned identifier.

Affected Releases

The table below indicates releases of ACOS exposed to these vulnerabilities and ACOS releases that address them. ACOS release families not indicated below are unaffected by these vulnerabilities.

Customers using affected ACOS releases can overcome vulnerability exposures by updating to the indicated resolved release. If the table does not list a corresponding resolved or unaffected release, then no ACOS release update is currently available.

Releases Affected Releases Resolved or Unaffected
4.1.2 – 4.1.2-P3 4.1.2-P4
4.1.1 – 4.1.1-P7 4.1.1-P8
4.1.0 – 4.1.0-P10 4.1.0-P11
2.7.2 – 2.7.2-P11 2.7.2-P12
2.7.1-GR1 – 2.7.1-GR1-Px 2.7.2-P12, 4.1.0-P11, 4.1.1-P8, 4.1.2-P4, 4.1.4
Workarounds and Mitigations

Include the following ACOS aFleX command as an effective mitigation for this vulnerability, in lieu of upgrading to a resolved release indicated above and recognizing that this workaround may have a negative impact on throughput and performance of the ACOS system.

    log "field [WAF::matched var] name [WAF::matched name] may contain SQL: [WAF::matched match 0]"
    WAF::action deny
WAF::rule is an undocumented aFleX command, the format of which is:
WAF::rule name event variable-list transformation-list match action
Software Updates

Software updates that address these vulnerabilities are or will be published at the following URL:


Vulnerability Details

The following table shares brief descriptions for the vulnerabilities addressed in this document.

Vulnerability ID Vulnerability Description

SQL injection vulnerability in ACOS Web Application Firewall (WAF) allows attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via unspecified vectors on protected systems.

Related Links


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A10 Networks, Inc would like to thank Luca Profico from Quantum Leap Srl for reporting this vulnerability.

Modification History
Revision Date Description
1.0 July 18, 2018

Initial Publication

2.0 July 23, 2018

Added acknowledgement

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