Raccoon Attack in Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS

Published: 2021-10-13
Risk Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-1968
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Palo Alto PAN-OS
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Raccoon attack

EUVDB-ID: #VU46573

Risk: Medium


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1968

CWE-ID: CWE-200 - Information exposure

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to gain access to potentially sensitive information.

The vulnerability exists due to a timing flaw in the TLS specification. A remote attacker can compute the pre-master secret in connections which have used a Diffie-Hellman (DH) based ciphersuite and eavesdrop on all encrypted communications sent over that TLS connection.

Note: The attack can only be exploited if an implementation re-uses a DH secret across multiple TLS connections.


Install update from vendor's website.

Note, this issue is only applicable to PAN-OS firewalls configured to use SSL Forward Proxy, SSL Inbound Inspection, GlobalProtect Portal, GlobalProtect Gateway, or GlobalProtect Clientless VPN and where the usage of the DHE key exchange is not disabled.

Vulnerable software versions

Palo Alto PAN-OS: 8.1 - 8.1.20, 9.0 - 9.0.15, 9.1 - 9.1.11

CPE2.3 External links


Q & A

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Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?