Palo Alto Cortex XDR Agent up to 5.0.11/6.1.8/7.2.3/7.3.1 on Windows untrusted search path

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A vulnerability was found in Palo Alto Cortex XDR Agent up to 5.0.11/6.1.8/7.2.3/7.3.1 on Windows. It has been declared as critical. This vulnerability affects an unknown function. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-426. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

An untrusted search path vulnerability exists in the Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR agent that enables a local attacker with file creation privilege in the Windows root directory (such as C:\) to store a program that can then be unintentionally executed by another local user when that user utilizes a Live Terminal session. 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; Cortex XDR agent 7.2 versions earlier than Cortex XDR agent 7.2.4; Cortex XDR agent 7.3 versions earlier than Cortex XDR agent 7.3.2.

The weakness was shared 01/12/2022. The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-2022-0014 since 12/28/2021. The exploitation appears to be difficult. The attack can be initiated remotely. The successful exploitation requires a single authentication. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

Upgrading to version 5.0.12, 6.1.9, 7.2.4 or 7.3.2 eliminates this vulnerability.




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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.1
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.0

VulDB Base Score: 7.5
VulDB Temp Score: 7.2
VulDB Vector: 🔒
VulDB Reliability: 🔍

CNA Base Score: 6.7
CNA Vector (Palo Alto Networks, Inc.): 🔒



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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-426
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

Availability: 🔒
Status: Not defined
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Current Price Estimation: 🔒


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Interest: 🔍
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Recommended: Upgrade
Status: 🔍

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Upgrade: Cortex XDR Agent 5.0.12/6.1.9/7.2.4/7.3.2


12/28/2021 CVE assigned
01/12/2022 +15 days Advisory disclosed
01/12/2022 +0 days VulDB entry created
01/15/2022 +3 days VulDB last update



Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2022-0014 (🔒)


Created: 01/12/2022 08:47 PM
Updated: 01/15/2022 10:22 AM
Changes: (1) source_cve_nvd_summary
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