FortiGate censorship analysis

The S23K, also known as the Pirate Bay tour bus, had boarded a Scandlines ferry from Trelleborg. We were a group of pirates and hackers on our way to Chaos Communication Camp 2011 in Finowfurt, Germany. There was free satellite WiFi available on board, and after a while me and my friend jaywalk of Telecomix discovered that one of the project’s home domains,, had been blocked for being a “malicious website”. With approximately an hour left from reaching Germany we found this to be a perfect opportunity to warm up.

The blockade of, filtered as a “Malicious Website” most likely triggered by the occurance of the word “anarchy” in the domain, was quickly evaded by accessing the site using HTTPS. SNI (Server Name Indication) was ignored. We found that was blocked on IP level and so was

We found that blockades on the IP level were forwarded to port 8008 on the FortiGate gateway. Accessing the gateway directly gives a login prompt for disabling filters.

If you’re interested, their 756 page system manual is publicly available for download. If you read between the lines you’ll be able to extract information on how to work around their censorship or even disable it completely. :-)

FortiGate categories

  • Abortion
  • Abused Drugs
  • Adult Materials
  • Advertisements
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Brokerage and Trading
  • Business and Economy
  • Computer Security
  • Cult or Occult
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Dynamic Content
  • Education
  • File Sharing and Storage
  • Financial Data and Services
  • Freeware and Software
  • Download
  • Gambling
  • Games
  • Gay or Lesbian or Bisexual Interest
  • Government and Legal Organizations
  • Hacking
  • Health
  • Illegal or Questionable Information
  • Technology
  • Internet Communication
  • Job Search
  • Malicious Web Sites
  • Medicine
  • Militancy and Extremist
  • Military Organizations
  • Miscellaneous
  • News and Media
  • Nudity
  • Pay to Surf
  • Personals and Dating
  • Political Organizations
  • Pornography
  • Racism or Hate
  • Reference Materials
  • Religion
  • Search Engines and Portals
  • Shopping and Auction
  • Social Organizations
  • Society and Lifestyles
  • Special Events
  • Sports
  • Spyware
  • Streaming Media
  • Tasteless
  • Travel
  • Vehicles
  • Violence
  • Weapons
  • Web Hosting
  • Web-based Email

FortiGate classification levels

  • Unclassified
  • Cached Content
  • Multimedia
  • Search
  • Image Search
  • Audio Search
  • Video Search
  • Spam URL
  • Personal Privacy

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