Michael Rash, Security Researcher

Software Release: fwknop-2.6.7

fwknop-2.6.7 software release The 2.6.7 release of fwknop is available for download (or via the github release tag). This release adds significant support for running commands delivered by SPA packets via 'sudo' on the server, and this allows the powerful 'sudoers' syntax to filter commands that remote users are allowed to execute.

In addition, the --key-gen (key generation) mode has been added to fwknopd. This will allow better integration with Jonathan Bennett's Fwknop2 Android client - particularly when only the fwknopd server is installed on a system (as is usually the case for embedded distributions such as OpenWRT). Further, Jonathan contributed a console QR code generator, so that fwknop encryption and HMAC keys can be imported into the Fwknop2 Android client via the phone's camera. Here is an example: $ fwknopd --key-gen | ./extras/console-qr/ fwknop QR key code In other news, Jonathan and I will be giving a lengthy interview on Single Packet Authorization with fwknop for the FLOSS Weekly show organized by the venerable Randal Schwartz of perl fame. Tune in September 2nd at 11am Eastern time.

As usual, fwknop has a Coverity Scan score of zero, and the code coverage report achieved by the 2.6.7 test suite is available here. Note that the fwknop test suite is now achieving 90% code coverage counted by lines, and 100% code coverage counted by functions. This reflects the commitment the fwknop project makes towards rigorous security and testing quality.

Here is the complete ChangeLog for fwknop-2.6.7:

  • [server] When command execution is enabled with ENABLE_CMD_EXEC for an access.conf stanza, added support for running commands via sudo. This was suggested by Github user 'freegigi' (issue #159) as a means to provide command filtering using the powerful sudoers syntax. This feature is implemented by prefixing any incoming command from a valid SPA packet with the sudo command along with optional user and group requirements as defined by the following new access.conf variables: ENABLE_CMD_SUDO_EXEC, CMD_SUDO_EXEC_USER, and CMD_SUDO_EXEC_GROUP.
  • [server] Kevin Layer reported a bug to the fwknop mailing list that simultaneous NAT access for two different access.conf stanza was not functioning properly. After some diagnosis, this was a result of rule_exists() not properly detecting and differentiating existing DNAT rules from new ones with different port numbers when 'iptables -C' support is not available. This was against iptables-1.4.7, and has been fixed in this release of fwknop (tracked as issue #162).
  • [server] Added --key-gen to fwknopd. This feature was suggested by Jonathan Bennett, and will help with ease of use efforts. The first platform to take advantage of this will likely be OpenWRT thanks to Jonathan.
  • [server] By default, fwknopd will now exit if the interface that it is sniffing goes down (patch contributed by Github user 'sgh7'). If this happens, it is expected that the native process monitoring feature in things like systemd or upstart will restart fwknopd. However, if fwknopd is not being monitored by systemd, upstart, or anything else, this behavior can be disabled with the EXIT_AT_INTF_DOWN variable in the fwknopd.conf file. If disabled, fwknopd will try to recover when a downed interface comes back up.
  • [extras] Added a script from Jonathan Bennett at extras/console-qr/ to generate QR codes from fwknopd access.conf keys.
  • [build] Added --with-firewalld to the autoconf configure script. This is a synonym for --with-firewall-cmd to avoid confusion. Some package maintainers use --with-firewalld to build fwknop.