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We have two IIS sites on two different servers that host Exchange OWA and ADFS.  We noticed a lot of traffic from our network and determined that on a remote computer you can put in the IP address and port of those two IIS servers into the computers proxy settings and it works as a proxy to browse any website on the internet.

How can we block this traffic?
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by:strivoli
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Which port is set on the computers proxy settings?
Is this port bound to IIS?
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by:sjohnson_Aerosim
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Port 80 and yes it is bound to IIS, we tested this by changing the port in IIS to 8080 then the attacker can no longer connect on port 80 but can on 8080.
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Since this seams very strange I must ask again with an example (I must be sure I understood properly). I'm outside your LAN and your IIS responds to the public IP aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd. If I put aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd on my computer's proxy settings I will be able to browse the Internet using your server? If this is it: the public IP I will expose (http://whatismyipaddress.com/), will be yours public IP or mine?
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by:sjohnson_Aerosim
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Your example is correct and the public IP will be mine.
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by:strivoli
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I'm afraid you are infected. Or even worse your system is a zombie.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Which version of IIS is this? It has to be an old one.

Simon.
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by:sjohnson_Aerosim
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I am going to run virus scans on it now and the version is IIS8.
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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IIS 8? So we are talking about Windows 2012?

I expect someone has installed everything under IIS in roles and features, rather than just the specific requirements for Exchange.

It may well be best to stop Exchange, remove IIS completely and reinstall it.

Simon.
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It appears we have narrowed the issue to a problem with our Barracuda Web Filter 410.  They are currently working on the issue.
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That sounds very strange. You wrote that after changing IIS's port from 80 to 8080 you could use it as a proxy pointing to 8080 instead of 80.
How does the Barracuda act as a proxy (for outside and unauthenticated users) and changes it's behavior as soon as IIS changes it's listening port?
I sincerely hope you have found the origin of the issue but I suspect it isn't the Barracuda.
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Barracuda has confirmed that it is a bug with their software.  We are using the Web Filter inline so all traffic is goes through it and for whatever reason it is allowing people to proxy off open ports.  This will be fixed in the next update around Jan 1st, 2014 and in the meantime we made exceptions for the servers affected so it doesn't look at any of the traffic.
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We tested and confirmed this is the solution.
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