Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2012-6603

CVE-2012-6603 Credential Bypass Vulnerability

Severity 9.8 · CRITICAL
Attack Vector NETWORK
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required NONE
Integrity Impact HIGH
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact HIGH


A vulnerability exists whereby an unauthenticated user can get administrator access to the device via the web management UI without supplying credentials. (Ref #37034)

This vulnerability can result in total compromise of the device.

This issue affects PAN-OS 4.1.3 and earlier; PAN-OS 4.0.9 and earlier; PAN-OS 3.1.11 and earlier.

Product Status

PAN-OS 4.1<= 4.1.3>= 4.1.4
PAN-OS 4.0<= 4.0.9>= 4.0.10
PAN-OS 3.1<= 3.1.11>= 3.1.12


CVSSv3.1 Base Score:9.8 (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Weakness Type

CWE-287 Improper Authentication


PAN-OS 4.1.4 and later; PAN-OS 4.0.10 and later; PAN-OS 3.1.12 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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