Palo Alto PAN-OS up to 7.1.4 API Token Generation improper authentication

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A vulnerability was found in Palo Alto PAN-OS up to 7.1.4 (Firewall Software) and classified as critical. This issue affects some unknown functionality of the component API Token Generation. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a weak authentication vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-287. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was presented 10/31/2016 by Travis Christianson as PAN-61046/100428 as confirmed advisory (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The advisory points out:

The Palo Alto Networks firewalls API browser does not properly use the REST API tokens. In a specific scenario, an attacker could steal the authentication token and perform calls to the firewall’s API.

Upgrading to version 5.0.20, 5.1.13, 6.0.15, 6.1.15, 7.0.11 or 7.1.5 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at SecurityTracker (ID 1037153). See 93262 for similar entry.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
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Class: Weak authentication
CWE: CWE-287
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Upgrade: PAN-OS 5.0.20/5.1.13/6.0.15/6.1.15/7.0.11/7.1.5


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Advisory: PAN-61046/100428
Researcher: Travis Christianson
Status: Confirmed
SecurityTracker: 1037153

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Created: 11/04/2016 10:03 AM
Updated: 05/23/2019 08:21 PM
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