Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2020-2029

CVE-2020-2029 PAN-OS: OS command injection vulnerability in management interface certificate generator

Severity 7.2 · HIGH
Attack Vector NETWORK
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required HIGH
Integrity Impact HIGH
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact HIGH


An OS Command Injection vulnerability in the PAN-OS web management interface allows authenticated administrators to execute arbitrary OS commands with root privileges by sending a malicious request to generate new certificates for use in the PAN-OS configuration.

This issue affects:

All versions of PAN-OS 8.0;

PAN-OS 7.1 versions earlier than PAN-OS 7.1.26;

PAN-OS 8.1 versions earlier than PAN-OS 8.1.13.

Product Status

PAN-OS 9.1None>= 9.1.0
PAN-OS 9.0None>= 9.0.0
PAN-OS 8.1< 8.1.13>= 8.1.13
PAN-OS 8.08.0.*
PAN-OS 7.1< 7.1.26>= 7.1.26


CVSSv3.1 Base Score:7.2 (CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Weakness Type

CWE-78 OS Command Injection


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

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

PAN-OS 7.1 is on extended support until June 30, 2020, and we are considering updates only for critical security vulnerability fixes.

Workarounds and Mitigations

This issue affects the management interface of PAN-OS and you can mitigate the impact of this issue 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


Palo Alto Networks thanks Przemysław Kowalski of STM Solutions for discovering and reporting this issue.


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