Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2020-1975

CVE-2020-1975 Missing XML Validation in PAN-OS Web Interface

Severity 6.8 · MEDIUM
Attack Vector NETWORK
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required HIGH
Integrity Impact HIGH
User Interaction REQUIRED
Availability Impact HIGH


Missing XML validation vulnerability in the PAN-OS web interface on Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS software allows authenticated users to inject arbitrary XML that results in privilege escalation.

This issue affects PAN-OS 8.1 versions earlier than PAN-OS 8.1.12 and PAN-OS 9.0 versions earlier than PAN-OS 9.0.6.

This issue does not affect PAN-OS 7.1, PAN-OS 8.0, or PAN-OS 9.1 or later versions.

Product Status

PAN-OS 9.0< 9.0.6>= 9.0.6
PAN-OS 8.1< 8.1.12>= 8.1.12
PAN-OS 8.0None8.0.*
PAN-OS 7.1None7.1.*

Required Configuration for Exposure

This issue requires that the web-based management interface is enabled on the hardware or virtual appliance.


CVSSv3.1 Base Score:6.8 (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Weakness Type

CWE-112 Missing XML Validation


This issue is fixed in PAN-OS 8.1.12, PAN-OS 9.0.6, and all later versions.

Workarounds and Mitigations

This issue affects the web-based management interface of the appliance. Access to the web-based management interface of the appliance should be limited strictly to only trusted users, hosts, and networks.


This issue was found during a security assessment performed by a customer.
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