Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2020-2015

CVE-2020-2015 PAN-OS: Buffer overflow in the management server

Severity 8.8 · HIGH
Attack Vector NETWORK
Attack Complexity LOW
Privileges Required LOW
User Interaction NONE
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Integrity Impact HIGH
Availability Impact HIGH


A buffer overflow vulnerability in the PAN-OS management server allows authenticated users to crash system processes or potentially execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

This issue affects:

PAN-OS 7.1 versions earlier than 7.1.26;

PAN-OS 8.1 versions earlier than 8.1.13;

PAN-OS 9.0 versions earlier than 9.0.7;

PAN-OS 9.1 versions earlier than 9.1.1;

All versions of PAN-OS 8.0.

Product Status


9.1< 9.1.1>= 9.1.1
9.0< 9.0.7>= 9.0.7
8.1< 8.1.13>= 8.1.13
7.1< 7.1.26>= 7.1.26

Severity: HIGH

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 8.8 (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Weakness Type

CWE-120 Buffer Overflow


This issue is fixed in PAN-OS 7.1.26, PAN-OS 8.1.13, PAN-OS 9.0.7, PAN-OS 9.1.1, and all later PAN-OS versions.

PAN-OS 8.0 is now end-of-life as of October 31, 2019, and is no longer covered by our Product Security Assurance policies.

Workarounds and Mitigations

This issue affects the management interface of PAN-OS and is strongly mitigated by following best practices for securing the PAN-OS management interface. Please review the Best Practices for Securing Administrative Access in the PAN-OS technical documentation, available at:


This issue was discovered by Nicholas Newsom of Palo Alto Networks during internal security review.


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