Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2012-6591

CVE-2012-6591 Command Injection Vulnerability

Severity 8 · HIGH
Attack Vector NETWORK
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required LOW
Integrity Impact HIGH
User Interaction REQUIRED
Availability Impact HIGH


A vulnerability exists whereby an authenticated user can inject arbitrary shell commands using the device management command line interface. (Ref #31116)

This vulnerability can result in arbitrary command execution, and can result in total compromise of the device. The attacker must still be an authenticated administrator of the device.

This issue affects PAN-OS 4.0.4 and earlier; PAN-OS 3.1.9 and earlier.

Product Status

PAN-OS 4.0<= 4.0.4>= 4.0.5
PAN-OS 3.1<= 3.1.9>= 3.1.10

Severity: HIGH

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 8 (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Weakness Type

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


PAN-OS 4.0.5 and later; PAN-OS 3.1.10 and later.

Workarounds and Mitigations

This issue affects the management interface of the device. Security appliance management best practices dictate that the management interface be isolated and strictly limited only to security administration personnel.

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