FreeRADIUS Reflection Prevention Authentication Spoofing Vulnerability [CVE-2019-11234]

CVE Number – CVE-2019-11234

A vulnerability in FreeRADIUS could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass authentication and impersonate a user on a targeted system.

The vulnerability exists because the eap_pwd.c source code file of the affected software does not prevent the use of reflection for authentication spoofing. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to conduct an authentication spoofing attack against a user on a targeted system. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to impersonate the user, which could be used to conduct further attacks. 

FreeRADIUS has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.


  • To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker may need access to the same trusted, internal network in which the targeted system resides. This access requirement may reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.


  • Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

    Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.

    Administrators are advised to run both firewall and antivirus applications to minimize the potential of inbound and outbound threats.

    Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.

    Administrators can help protect affected systems from external attacks by using a solid firewall strategy.

    Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.

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Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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