Privilege escalation in Palo Alto Global Protect Agent on Windows

Published: 2020-04-09
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-1988
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
GlobalProtect Agent
Client/Desktop applications / Antivirus software/Personal firewalls

Vendor Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Untrusted search path

EUVDB-ID: #VU26739

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1988

CWE-ID: CWE-426 - Untrusted Search Path

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local user to escalate privileges on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to an unquoted search path in the Windows release of GlobalProtect Agent. A local user with file creation privileges on the root of the OS disk (C:\) or to Program Files directory can gain system privileges.


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Vulnerable software versions

GlobalProtect Agent: before 4.1.13

before 4.1.13, 5.0.5
CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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