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CVE-2018-14634 Privilege Escalation in PAN-OS

Severity 7.8 · HIGH
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Privileges Required LOW
User Interaction NONE
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Integrity Impact HIGH
Availability Impact HIGH
Published: 2019-03-20
Updated: 2019-03-20
Ref#: PAN-105966 PAN-SA-2019-0006


Palo Alto Networks is aware of an integer overflow vulnerability in the Linux kernel's create_elf_tables() function. (Ref # PAN-105966, CVE-2018-14634)

Successful exploitation of this issue may allow an unprivileged local user to escalate their privileges on the system.

To successfully exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need local user account to access CLI, as well as, an unrelated vulnerability allowing the local user to execute arbitrary code in a chained attack. This combination would result in the execution of malicious code and achieving complete control of the affected system.

This issue does not affect 32-bit systems as they do not have a large enough address space to exploit this flaw.

This issue affects This only affects 64bit systems with more than 32 GB of available memory.

The affected platform and versions are PAN-OS 7.1.22 and earlier running on M-500 and WF-500; PAN-OS 8.0.15 and earlier running on PA-5220, PA-5250, PA-5260, M-500 and WF-500; and PAN-OS 8.1.6 and earlier running on PA-5220, PA-5250, PA-5260, PA-5280, M-500, M-600 and WF-500. PAN-OS 9.0 is NOT affected.

Product Status


7.1<= 7.1.22>= 7.1.23
8.0<= 8.0.15>= 8.0.16
8.1<= 8.1.6>= 8.1.7

Severity: HIGH

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 7.8 ( CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H )


PAN-OS 7.1.23 and later, PAN-OS 8.0.16 and later, and PAN-OS 8.1.7 and later.

Workarounds and Mitigations

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