Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2016-1712

CVE-2016-1712 Local privilege escalation

Severity 7.8 · HIGH
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required LOW
Integrity Impact HIGH
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact HIGH


Palo Alto Networks firewalls do not properly sanitize the root_reboot local invocation which can potentially allow executing code with higher privileges (Ref. 92293) (CVE-2016-1712).

Exploitation of this privilege escalation is restricted to local users. Potential attackers would have to first obtain a shell on the device before they could attempt to escalate privileges through this vulnerability.

This issue affects PAN-OS 5.0.18 and earlier; PAN-OS 5.1.11 and earlier; PAN-OS 6.0.13 and earlier; PAN-OS 6.1.11 and earlier; PAN-OS 7.0.7 and earlier

Product Status

PAN-OS 7.0<= 7.0.7>= 7.0.8
PAN-OS 6.1<= 6.1.11>= 6.1.12
PAN-OS 6.0<= 6.0.13>= 6.0.14
PAN-OS 5.1<= 5.1.11>= 5.1.12
PAN-OS 5.0<= 5.0.18>= 5.0.19


CVSSv3.1 Base Score:7.8 (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Weakness Type

CWE-20 Improper Input Validation


PAN-OS 5.0.19 and later; PAN-OS 5.1.12 and later; PAN-OS 6.0.14 and later; PAN-OS 6.1.12 and later; PAN-OS 7.0.8 and later

Workarounds and Mitigations



Kasif Dekel, CheckPoint Security Team
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