FIPS-CC Security Functions- can you trust PAN documentation?

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FIPS-CC Security Functions- can you trust PAN documentation?

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According to PAN documentation:


MS-CHAPv2 is not compatible with FIPS-CC mode. It is recommended to use RADIUS with TLS.


However, in my test with my PAN-820 in FIPs mode, it works perfectly with RADIUS PEAP with MSCHAP-v2.


Can you even trust PAN documentation?


Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

that seems a bit combative 😛

maybe the documentation could do with a little rewording, or the protocol could be removed from configuration options


FIPS-CC classifies MS-CHAPv2 as insecure, but this should not mean the protocol becomes unusable. The recommendation is to use a more secure alternative

Tom Piens
PANgurus - Strata specialist; config reviews, policy optimization

I have to disagree with you a bit here.  If PAN classifies MS-CHAPv2 as insecure, it should have listed PAP as well because PAP is the least secure method, even worse than MS-CHAPv2.  PAP not only sends password (encrypted with weak encryption) along with username in clear-text over the wire.  MS-CHAPv2 does not do that.  And yet, PAP is available in FIPS-CC mode.  Go figure.



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