Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2020-1989

CVE-2020-1989 GlobalProtect App: Incorrect privilege assignment allows local privilege escalation

Severity 7 · HIGH
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity HIGH
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required LOW
Integrity Impact HIGH
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact HIGH


An incorrect privilege assignment vulnerability when writing application-specific files in the Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect App for Linux on ARM platform allows a local authenticated user to gain root privileges on the system.

This issue affects Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect App for Linux 5.0 versions before 5.0.8; 5.1 versions before 5.1.1.

Product Status

GlobalProtect App 5.1< 5.1.1 on Linux ARM>= 5.1.1 on Linux ARM
GlobalProtect App 5.0< 5.0.8 on Linux ARM>= 5.0.8 on Linux ARM

Severity: HIGH

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 7 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Weakness Type

CWE-266 Incorrect Privilege Assignment


This issue is fixed in GlobalProtect App 5.0.8, GlobalProtect App 5.1.1 and all later versions.

Workarounds and Mitigations

There are no viable workarounds for this issue.


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