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TLS and DTLS Heartbeat Extension


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2014-1347
Date Published:
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R75 and above
  • R71
  • R70
Who is Vulnerable?
SSL-enabled servers and clients
Vulnerability Description
The Heartbeat Extension allows keep-alive functionality for TLS/DTLS protocols. Heartbeat consists of two message types, HeartbeatRequest and HeartbeatResponse.

Protection Overview
IPS will detect and block OpenSSL Heartbeat messages.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

To configure the defense, select your product from the list below and follow the related protection steps.

Security Gateway R75 and above / R71 / R70

How Can I Protect My Network?

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the TLS and DTLS Heartbeat Extension protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

How Do I Know if My Network is Under Attack?
SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:
Attack Name: SSL Enforcement Violation
Attack Information: TLS and DTLS Heartbeat Extension