Third party security scan is showing VRFY is supported. How to fix this?
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DESCRIPTION: Third party security scan is showing VRFY is supported. How to fix this?
Third party vulnerability scanners are showing VRFY is enabled in SonicWall. How to disable the same?
A VRFY request asks the server to verify an Email address. Its parameter may be an encoded address or a user name in a server-defined format.If the server accepts the request (required code 250, 251, or 252), it may provide information about the address in a server-defined format. 250 typically means that the address is valid, 251 typically means that mail to the address is forwarded, and 252 means that the server doesn't know whether the address is valid.
To comply with RFC standards, every SMTP server should support VRFY command. Please find the portion from RFC 5321 which explains this.
Server implementations SHOULD support both VRFY and EXPN. For security reasons, implementations MAY provide local installations a way to disable either or both of these commands through configuration options or the equivalent (see Section 7.3). When these commands are supported, they are not required to work across relays when relaying is supported. Since they were both optional in RFC 821, but VRFY was made mandatory in RFC 1123, if EXPN is supported, it MUST be listed as a service extension in an EHLO response. VRFY MAY be listed as a convenience but, since support for it is required, SMTP clients are not required to check for its presence on the extension list before using it.
Due to the fact that VRFY is a security risk, it has been put up in this way that server should respond with a 252 code with any message along with it but information such as user email address should not be provided in a response to VRFY query. Please find the portion from RFC 5321 below which explains this.
As discussed in Section 3.5, individual sites may want to disable either or both of VRFY or EXPN for security reasons (see below). As a corollary to the above, implementations that permit this MUST NOT appear to have verified addresses that are not, in fact, verified. If a site disables these commands for security reasons, the SMTP server MUST return a 252 response, rather than a code that could be confused with successful or unsuccessful verification.