Privilege Escalation in PAN-OS (PAN-SA-2019-0006)

Last revised: 03/20/2019


Palo Alto Networks is aware of an integer overflow vulnerability in the Linux kernel's create_elf_tables() function. (Ref # PAN-105966, CVE-2018-14634)

Severity: Medium

Successful exploitation of this issue may allow an unprivileged local user to escalate their privileges on the system. To successfully exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need local user account to access CLI, as well as, an unrelated vulnerability allowing the local user to execute arbitrary code in a chained attack. This combination would result in the execution of malicious code and achieving complete control of the affected system. This issue does not affect 32-bit systems as they do not have a large enough address space to exploit this flaw.

Products Affected

This only affects 64bit systems with more than 32 GB of available memory. The affected platform and versions are PAN-OS 7.1.22 and earlier running on M-500 and WF-500; PAN-OS 8.0.15 and earlier running on PA-5220, PA-5250, PA-5260, M-500 and WF-500; and PAN-OS 8.1.6 and earlier running on PA-5220, PA-5250, PA-5260, PA-5280, M-500, M-600 and WF-500. PAN-OS 9.0 is NOT affected.

Available Updates

PAN-OS 7.1.23 and later, PAN-OS 8.0.16 and later, and PAN-OS 8.1.7 and later.

Workarounds and Mitigations