eFa 3.0.1.9 Security Update Released

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eFa 3.0.1.9 Security Update Released

The 3.0.1.9 security update is now available.

We would also like to thank everyone for their support and contributions to this project.

A big thanks to the MailWatch team for making security fixes possible!

The following issues have been fixed (hopefully) in 3.0.1.9:

– Added Apache mod_security by default
– Added Apache X-XSS-Protection header
– Updated MailWatch and Sqlgrey Web Interface (Security Fixes)
– Changed and updated database engine to MariaDB (10.1)

#################### Important Security Notice ########################

/////// Everyone is STRONGLY encouraged to update to 3.0.1.9 NOW \\\\\\\\\

A recent set of vulnerabilities have been discovered in the MailWatch and
SGWI interfaces that can allow an attacker to escalate privileges in eFa.

Because of these vulnerabilities, if you are using the same password for
the console as you are for MailWatch (many folks are), please take a moment
to make your MailWatch admin password different from the console.
Doing so will limit the success of a shared credential attack via MailWatch
on eFa to gain root access.

If you cannnot update to 3.0.1.9 or have problems, the following steps are
strongly recommended to keep your appliance safe until you can update
successfully:

1) Rotate your admin passwords in the console and MailWatch UI and make
each one different than the other to prevent a shared credential
attack.

2) Install mod_security and mod_evasive to provide some security in front
of the vulnerable code.

3) Inform your MailWatch users (especially admins) to avoid opening multiple
tabs and performing general web browsing while working in MailWatch

##################### Important database changes ######################

MailWatch 1.2.1-dev has utf8mb4 character set support.
CentOS 6.8 lacks this support in the stock mysql rpms.
Therefore, upgrades to 3.0.1.9 will migrate the database from mysql
to MariaDB 10.1. This may be a big jump for some users and may want
to perform additional testing prior to upgrading.

###################### How To Update ##################################

It is recommended that you suspend your mail flow and snapshot prior
to updating or to back up the entire appliance.

1) Stop mail flow temporarily (at firewalls/mailservers)
2) Snapshot your VM and its memory using your hypervisor tools
3) If the update fails for any reason, collect relevant logs or screen
outputs/screenshots and revert to your snapshot
4) Report failure at https://forum.efa-project.org

Launch EFA-Configure from console or secure shell

(sudo /usr/local/sbin/EFA-Configure)

Choose option 14) Update Now

The first time you run this update, the kernel may update. If this
happens, the script will halt to give you an opportunity to restart.
After restarting and booting to the new kernel, rerun EFA-Update to
continue the update process to 3.0.1.9.

EFA-Update will not proceed until you are running on the latest
kernel. This is to ensure that open-vm-tools updates appropriately
if present.

2017-03-25T22:03:56+00:00