SonicWall has acknowledged that the Y2K22 problem has affected some of its email security and firewall solutions, causing message log updates and junk box failures as of January 1st, 2022. According to the company, email users and administrators won’t be able to access the junk box or un-junk freshly received emails on impacted systems.
Because the message logs are no longer updated, they won’t track incoming and outgoing emails. SonicWall’s Hosted Email Security, the company’s cloud email security solution, received improvements on January 2nd across North America and Europe.
It also published updates for its on-premises Email Security Appliance (ES 10.0.15) and customers employing firewalls having the Anti-Spam Junk Store feature turned on (Junk Store 7.6.9). To upgrade to the newest Junk Store version, admins must download and deploy the Junk Store 7.6.9 installer “uploaded under SonicOS 6.5.x firmware in MySonicWall downloads area for TZ, NSA, and SOHO platforms” (SonicOS 7.x is not impacted).
Although SonicWall has not said what is causing the Y2K22 bug in its devices, they are not the only company affected. Starting with January 1st, Honda and Acura automobile owners began claiming that their in-car navigation systems’ clocks were automatically set back 20 years, to January 1st, 2002. According to sources, the Y2K22 bug affects nearly every older automobile model, including the Honda Pilot, Odyssey, CRV, Ridgeline, Odyssey, and Acura MDX, RDX, CSX, and TL.
Due to the Y2K22 bug’s influence on the FIP-FS anti-malware scanning engine, which would fail when scanning messages, Microsoft Exchange on-premise servers stopped email delivery on January 1st, 2022.
“The version checking performed against the signature file is causing the malware engine to crash, resulting in messages being stuck in transport queues,” Microsoft explained. On January 5th, Redmond provided a temporary remedy that requires further client action while working on an upgrade that would automatically resolve the issue on afflicted Exchange servers.