Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2019-17435

CVE-2019-17435 Local Privilege Escalation in GlobalProtect Agent for Windows

Severity 5.5 · MEDIUM
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Privileges Required LOW
User Interaction NONE
Confidentiality Impact NONE
Integrity Impact HIGH
Availability Impact NONE


A Local Privilege Escalation vulnerability exists in the GlobalProtect Agent for Windows auto-update feature that can allow for modification of a GlobalProtect Agent MSI installer package on disk before installation. (Ref # GPC-8977, CVE-2019-17435)

Successful exploitation of this issue may allow a low-privileged local user to escalate their privileges to the System user.

This issue affects GlobalProtect Agent 5.0.3 and earlier for Windows and GlobalProtect Agent 4.1.12 and earlier for Windows.

Product Status

GlobalProtect Agent 5.0<= 5.0.3>= 5.0.4
GlobalProtect Agent 4.1<= 4.1.12>= 4.1.13

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 5.5 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N)

Weakness Type

CWE-269 Improper Privilege Management


GlobalProtect Agent 4.1.13 and later for Windows and GlobalProtect Agent 5.0.4 and later for Windows.

Workarounds and Mitigations



Palo Alto Networks would like to thank Hanno Heinrichs of CrowdStrike Intelligence for reporting this issue.
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