FNFG-FW-000135 - The FortiGate firewall must be configured to inspect all inbound and outbound traffic at the application layer.


Application inspection enables the firewall to control traffic based on different parameters that exist within the packets such as enforcing application-specific message and field length. Inspection provides improved protection against application-based attacks by restricting the types of commands allowed for the applications. Application inspection enforces conformance against published RFCs.

Some applications embed an IP address in the packet that needs to match the source address that is normally translated when it goes through the firewall. Enabling application inspection for a service that embeds IP addresses, the firewall translates embedded addresses and updates any checksum or other fields that are affected by the translation. Enabling application inspection for a service that uses dynamically assigned ports, the firewall monitors sessions to identify the dynamic port assignments, and permits data exchange on these ports for the duration of the specific session.

NOTE: Nessus has provided the target output to assist in reviewing the benchmark to ensure target compliance.


Fix can be performed on FortiGate CLI. For any modified or missing session-helpers, log in to the FortiGate console via SSH or console access and run the following commands:

# config system session-helper
# edit {integer}
# set name {name of protocol}
# set protocol {protocol number}
# set port {port number}
# next
# end

See Also


Item Details


References: 800-53|CM-6b., CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000366, Rule-ID|SV-234156r628776_rule, STIG-ID|FNFG-FW-000135, Vuln-ID|V-234156

Plugin: FortiGate

Control ID: f75c806770574d402e75072b3342638ee86a478437643cba70c231e47b6a5060