Network Security Group

Open FTP

Risk Level: High

Description: 

This plugin checks whether FTP's TCP ports 20 and 21 are exposed to the public. While some ports, like HTTP and HTTPS, must be available to the public in order to work, other sensitive services, like FTP, should be limited to known IP addresses. If the accessibility of the IP addresses is not kept in check it could make the account vulnerable to attacks.

PingSafe strongly recommends restricting TCP ports 20 or 21 to known IP addresses.

About the Service :

In an Azure virtual network, a network security group may be used to restrict network traffic to and from Azure resources. A network security group is a collection of security rules that allow or disallow incoming and outgoing network traffic to and from various Azure services. Source and destination, port, and protocol can all be specified for each rule.

Impact : 

Unrestricted ports can make the account vulnerable to attacks. This could lead to the accessibility of sensitive data to the people it’s not meant to be accessible by. If we do not restrict TCP ports 20 or 21 to known IP addresses the best security practices will not be followed and attacks can happen.

Steps to reproduce :

  1. Sign in to your Azure portal with your Azure account.
    https://portal.azure.com/#home 
  2. Navigate to Azure’s Network Security Groups.
  3. Click on the Security Group that you want to examine. Next, click on the inbound security rules.
  4. Check whether TCP ports 20 and 21 are exposed to the public. If it shows Allow for all Source and Destination that means it is exposed to the public.
  5. Follow the same steps for other security groups as well.

To check if TCP ports 20 and 21 are accessible to the general public or not we examined the port Inbound Security Rules.

Steps for remediation :

  1. Sign in to your Azure portal with your Azure account.
    https://portal.azure.com/#home 
  2. Navigate to Azure’s Network Security Groups.
  3. Click on the Security Group that you want to examine. Next, click on the inbound security rules.
  4. Check whether TCP ports 20 and 21 are exposed to the public. If it shows Allow for all Source and Destination that means it is exposed to the public.
  5. Next, click on the security group rule and change the source port.
  6. Now the TCP ports 20 and 21 are not accessible by the public. 
  7. Follow the same steps for other security groups as well.

References :

Please feel free to reach out to support@pingsafe.ai with any questions that you may have.

Thanks

PingSafe Support