Palo Alto Firewall Vulnerabilities Overview

This threat report provides actionable intelligence about a series of vulnerabilities ranging in criticality affecting the Palo Alto firewall software suite. The vulnerabilities have been assigned the following CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) varies: CVE-2020-2036, CVE-2020-2037, CVE-2020-2038, CVE-2020-2039, CVE-2020-2040, CVE-2020-2041, CVE-2020-2042, CVE-2020-2043, and CVE-2020-2044.

The risk associated with these Palo Alto firewall vulnerabilities varies. These weaknesses either affect the web interface management, Captive Portal or Multi-Factor Authentication interface or the management interface.

Related Reading: Palo Alto PAN-OS Vulnerability with CVSS Score of 10 Issued

Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures

The most critical of the vulnerabilities is CVE-2020-2040 which may allow an unauthenticated attacker the opportunity to derail system processes and execute code using the root account. Successful exploitation is achieved by sending a specially crafted request to the assigned interface for the Captive Portal or for Multi-Factor Authentication. CVE-2020-2040 affects any Palo Alto firewall running any version of PAN-OS 8.0.

The vulnerability does not affect the GlobalProtect VPN or the PAN-OS management web interfaces.

Related Reading: Critical Palo Alto Firewall Vulnerabilities Identified

Below is a list of the vulnerabilities and a short description of them:

Palo Alto firewall vulnerabilities

What This Means to You

  • May lead to the successful compromise of a key infrastructure component.
  • Could allow for lateral movement opportunities for a bad actor.
  • May result in unwanted firewall changes.

What You Can Do

It is highly encouraged that you update to the latest version of PAN-OS to avoid the successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities.

Sources and Other Helpful Information

MITRE Mapping(s)

Additional Resources

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