Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2023-0001

CVE-2023-0001 Cortex XDR Agent: Cleartext Exposure of Agent Admin Password

Severity 6 · MEDIUM
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required HIGH
Integrity Impact NONE
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact HIGH


An information exposure vulnerability in the Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR agent on Windows devices allows a local system administrator to disclose the admin password for the agent in cleartext, which bad actors can then use to execute privileged cytool commands that disable or uninstall the agent.

Product Status

Cortex XDR Agent 7.9Noneall
Cortex XDR Agent 7.8Noneall
Cortex XDR Agent 7.5< 7.5.101-CE on Windows>= 7.5.101-CE on Windows
Cortex XDR Agent 5.0Noneall

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 6 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:H)

Weakness Type

CWE-319 Cleartext Transmission of Sensitive Information


This issue is fixed in Cortex XDR agent 7.5.101-CE and all later supported Cortex XDR agent versions. (Cortex XDR agent 5.0 is not impacted.)

After you upgrade to a fixed version of the Cortex XDR agent, you must change the agent admin password in case it was already disclosed to users.

Workarounds and Mitigations

There are no known workarounds for this issue.


Palo Alto Networks thanks Robert McCallum (M42D) for discovering and reporting this issue.


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