Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2021-3032

CVE-2021-3032 PAN-OS: Configuration secrets for log forwarding may be logged in system logs

Severity 4.4 · MEDIUM
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required HIGH
Integrity Impact NONE
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact NONE


An information exposure through log file vulnerability exists in Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS software where configuration secrets for the “http”, “email”, and “snmptrap” v3 log forwarding server profiles can be logged to the logrcvr.log system log.

Logged information may include up to 1024 bytes of the configuration including the username and password in an encrypted form and private keys used in any certificate profiles set for log forwarding server profiles.

This issue impacts:

PAN-OS 8.1 versions earlier than PAN-OS 8.1.18;

PAN-OS 9.0 versions earlier than PAN-OS 9.0.12;

PAN-OS 9.1 versions earlier than PAN-OS 9.1.4;

PAN-OS 10.0 versions earlier than PAN-OS 10.0.1.

Product Status

PAN-OS 10.0< 10.0.1>= 10.0.1
PAN-OS 9.1< 9.1.4>= 9.1.4
PAN-OS 9.0< 9.0.12>= 9.0.12
PAN-OS 8.1< 8.1.18>= 8.1.18

Required Configuration for Exposure

This issue is only applicable to PAN-OS devices configured to use log forwarding. You can verify this in the management web interface: Device -> Log Settings.

Severity: MEDIUM

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 4.4 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Exploitation Status

Palo Alto Networks is not aware of any malicious exploitation of this issue.

Weakness Type

CWE-532 Information Exposure Through Log Files


If the PAN-OS firewall is impacted, then you must clear the configuration file (/var/log/pan/logrcvr.log). This can be accomplished by running the following CLI command:

"delete debug-log mp-log file logrcvr.log".

This issue is fixed in PAN-OS 8.1.18, PAN-OS 9.0.12, PAN-OS 9.1.4, PAN-OS 10.0.1, and all later PAN-OS versions.

Workarounds and Mitigations

This issue requires access to PAN-OS log files generated in the system. 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


This issue was found by My Tran, Mai Phan, and Claire Zhou of Palo Alto Networks during internal security testing.


Initial publication
© 2024 Palo Alto Networks, Inc. All rights reserved.