Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2020-1988

CVE-2020-1988 GlobalProtect Agent: Local privilege escalation due to an unquoted search path vulnerability

047910
Severity 4.2 · MEDIUM
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Privileges Required HIGH
User Interaction NONE
Scope UNCHANGED
Confidentiality Impact LOW
Integrity Impact LOW
Availability Impact LOW

Description

An unquoted search path vulnerability in the Windows release of GlobalProtect Agent allows an authenticated local user with file creation privileges on the root of the OS disk (C:\) or to Program Files directory to gain system privileges.

This issue affects Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect Agent 5.0 versions before 5.0.5; 4.1 versions before 4.1.13 on Windows;

Product Status

VersionsAffectedUnaffected
GlobalProtect Agent 5.0< 5.0.5 on Windows>= 5.0.5 on Windows
GlobalProtect Agent 4.1< 4.1.13 on Windows>= 4.1.13 on Windows

Required Configuration for Exposure

This issue only affects Windows systems where local users are configured with file creation privileges to the root of the OS disk (C:\) or 'Program Files' directory.

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 4.2 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L)

Weakness Type

CWE-428 Unquoted Search Path or Element

Solution

This issue is fixed in GlobalProtect Agent 5.0.5, GlobalProtect Agent 4.1.13 and all later versions.

Workarounds and Mitigations

Do not grant file creation privileges on the root of the OS disk (C:\) or 'Program Files' directory to unprivileged users.

Acknowledgments

Palo Alto Networks thanks Ratnesh Pandey of Bromium and Matthew Batten for discovering and reporting this issue.

Timeline

Initial publication
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