Palo Alto Networks Security Advisories / CVE-2022-0015

CVE-2022-0015 Cortex XDR Agent: An Uncontrolled Search Path Element Leads to Local Privilege Escalation (PE) Vulnerability

Severity 7.8 · HIGH
Attack Vector LOCAL
Attack Complexity LOW
Confidentiality Impact HIGH
Privileges Required LOW
Integrity Impact HIGH
User Interaction NONE
Availability Impact HIGH


A local privilege escalation (PE) vulnerability exists in the Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR agent that enables an authenticated local user to execute programs with elevated privileges.

This issue impacts:

Cortex XDR agent 5.0 versions earlier than Cortex XDR agent 5.0.12;

Cortex XDR agent 6.1 versions earlier than Cortex XDR agent 6.1.9.

Product Status

Cortex XDR Agent 7.6None7.6.*
Cortex XDR Agent 7.5None7.5.*
Cortex XDR Agent 7.4None7.4.*
Cortex XDR Agent 7.3None7.3.*
Cortex XDR Agent 7.2None7.2.*
Cortex XDR Agent 6.1< 6.1.9>= 6.1.9
Cortex XDR Agent 5.0< 5.0.12>= 5.0.12

Severity: HIGH

CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 7.8 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Exploitation Status

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

Weakness Type

CWE-427 Uncontrolled Search Path Element


This issue is fixed in Cortex XDR agent 5.0.12, Cortex XDR agent 6.1.9, and all later Cortex XDR agent versions.

Workarounds and Mitigations

There are no known workarounds for this issue.


Palo Alto Networks thanks Xavier DANEST of Decathlon for discovering and reporting this issue.


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