Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2012-6596

CVE-2012-6596 LDAP Passwords Logged in Clear Text

Severity 6.2 · MEDIUM
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required NONE
Integrity Impact NONE
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact NONE


An issue exists whereby LDAP bind passwords are logged to authd.log in clear text when using the default logging level of 'debug'. (Ref #35493)

This issue results in administrator passwords being logged and stored in clear text. Inappropriate access to this information can lead to unauthorized administration of the device.

This issue affects PAN-OS 4.1.2 and earlier; PAN-OS 4.0.8 and earlier; PAN-OS 3.1 is not affected.

Product Status

PAN-OS 4.1<= 4.1.2>= 4.1.3
PAN-OS 4.0<= 4.0.8>= 4.0.9

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 6.2 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Weakness Type



PAN-OS 4.1.3 and later; PAN-OS 4.0.9 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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