Last updated at Tue, 11 Oct 2022 14:58:11 GMT

Emergent threats evolve quickly, and as we learn more about this vulnerability, this blog post will evolve, too.

On October 3, 2022, Fortinet released a software update that indicates then-current versions of their FortiOS (firewall) and FortiProxy (web proxy) software are vulnerable to CVE-2022-40684, a critical vulnerability that allows remote, unauthenticated attackers to bypass authentication and gain access to the administrative interface of these products with only a specially crafted http/s request.

According to communications from Fortinet that were shared on social media, Fortinet “is strongly recommending all customers with vulnerable versions to perform an immediate upgrade.”

Affected products

  • FortiOS 7.0.0 to 7.0.6
  • FortiOS 7.2.0 to 7.2.1
  • FortiProxy 7.0.0 to 7.0.6
  • FortiProxy 7.2.0
  • FortiSwitchManager 7.0.0
  • FortiSwitchManager 7.2.0


On Thursday, October 6, 2022, Fortinet released version 7.0.7 and version 7.2.2, which resolve the vulnerability.

Along with Fortinet, Rapid7 strongly recommends that organizations who are running an affected version of the software upgrade to 7.07 or 7.2.2 immediately, on an emergency basis. These products are edge devices, which are high-value and high-focus targets for attackers looking to gain internal network access. Using prior FortiOS vulnerabilities as in indicator (such as CVE-2018-13379) we expect attackers to focus on CVE-2022-40684 quickly and for quite some time.

Update: On October 10, 2022, Fortinet released advisory FG-IR-22-377 detailing more about the vulnerability as well as confirming known exploitation.

Fortinet is aware of an instance where this vulnerability was exploited, and recommends immediately validating your systems against the following indicator of compromise in the device's logs:

Furthermore, Rapid7 recommends that all high-value edge devices limit public access to any administrative interface.

Rapid7 customers

InsightVM and Nexpose customers can assess their exposure to CVE-2022-40684 on FortiOS via an authenticated scan with a content update released on October 7, 2022.


10/07/2022 13:30 ET: Updated InsightVM/Nexpose check information.
10/11/2022 10:40 ET: Updated affected products, exploitation, and vulnerability information from Fortinet's advisory.


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