Barracuda Web Application Firewall hardware and virtual appliances; Barracuda CloudGen WAF on AWS, Azure, and GCP; Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service; and Barracuda LoadBalancer ADC do not use Log4j, and hence are not affected by this vulnerability. Please visit the Barracuda Trust Center to stay up to date as we will continue to share further updates.
Details of the vulnerability
Log4j is a Java-based logging audit framework within Apache. Apache Log4j <=2.14.1 JNDI features used in configuration, log messages, and parameters do not protect against attacker-controlled LDAP and other JNDI-related endpoints. An attacker who can control log messages or log message parameters can execute arbitrary code loaded from LDAP servers when message lookup substitution is enabled. The vulnerability impacts default configurations of several Apache frameworks, including Apache Struts2, Apache Solr, Apache Druid, and Apache Flink, which are utilized by numerous organizations from Apple, Amazon, Cloudflare, Twitter, Steam, and others.
The vulnerability is triggered by sending a specific string to the log4j software which means it is simple to exploit, and the broad utilization of this software means there are multiple attack vectors. Over the course of the past few days, we have seen attackers increasingly obfuscate their reconnaissance and exploit attempts for this vulnerability.
CVSS: 10 – Critical
Attack detection and protection
We are rolling out new signatures to detect the log4j exploit attempts and block them. These signatures have been updated to handle the latest evasions seen in the field as of December 13, 2021. These signatures and settings will block both GET and POST requests that are attempting this exploit.
Barracuda Web Application Firewall & Barracuda CloudGen WAF
The latest signatures for this vulnerability are being rolled out to units in the field. These signatures and settings will block both GET and POST requests that are attempting this exploit. While these signatures detect variations that have been seen so far, we continue to update them as newer variants pop up. As a best practice, we recommend patching your log4j installations to the latest versions that have this issue fixed.
To learn more about the new signatures and settings required for this mitigation, please review this campus document.
For any assistance with these settings or questions regarding the attack patterns, contact Barracuda Networks Technical Support.
Tushar Richabadas is Senior Product Marketing Manager, Applications and Cloud Security, Barracuda. Prior to this role, Tushar was a Product Manager for the Barracuda Web Application Firewall and Barracuda Load Balancer ADC, with a focus on cloud and automation. Tushar has a wide range of experience, from leading networking product testing teams and technical marketing for HCL-Cisco. Tushar closely tracks the rapidly increasing impact of digital security and is passionate about simplifying digital security for everyone.