Privilege escalation in PAN-OS CLI

Published: 2021-11-11
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2021-3061
Exploitation vector Local
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 low risk vulnerability.

1) OS Command Injection

EUVDB-ID: #VU58110

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2021-3061

CWE-ID: CWE-78 - Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an OS Command ('OS Command Injection')

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation in PAN-OS command line interface (CLI). A local administrator can execute arbitrary commands with elevated privileges.


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Vulnerable software versions

Palo Alto PAN-OS: 10.1.0 - 10.1.2, 10.0.0 - 10.0.7, 9.1 - 9.1.11, 9.0 - 9.0.14, 8.1 - 8.1.20

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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