Palo Alto PAN-OS up to 7.1.5 Environment Variable access control

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A vulnerability was found in Palo Alto PAN-OS up to 7.1.5 (Firewall Software). It has been classified as problematic. Affected is an unknown code of the component Environment Variable Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-264. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was presented 11/19/2016 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2016-9151. The exploitability is told to be easy. Local access is required to approach this attack. A authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1068 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

The exploit is shared for download at It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 95478 (Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS 5.0.x < 5.0.20 / 5.1.x < 5.1.13 / 6.0.x < 6.0.15 / 6.1.x < 6.1.15 / 7.0.x < 7.0.11 / 7.1.x < 7.1.6 Multiple Vulnerabilities (PAN-SA-2016-0033 / PAN-SA-2016-0034 / PAN-SA-2016-0035)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Palo Alto Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 11736 (Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS Multiple Vulnerabilities (PAN-SA-2016-0034 and PAN-SA-2016-0035)).

Upgrading to version 5.0.20, 5.1.13, 6.0.15, 6.1.15, 7.0.11 or 7.1.6 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (95478) and Exploit-DB (40788). See 93676 and 93677 for similar entries.







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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.3

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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Nessus ID: 95478
Nessus Name: Palo Alto Networks PAN-OS 5.0.x < 5.0.20 / 5.1.x < 5.1.13 / 6.0.x < 6.0.15 / 6.1.x < 6.1.15 / 7.0.x < 7.0.11 / 7.1.x < 7.1.6 Multiple Vulnerabilities (PAN-SA-2016-0033 / PAN-SA-2016-0034 / PAN-SA-2016-0035)
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OpenVAS ID: 103238
OpenVAS Name: Palo Alto PAN-OS Local Privilege Escalation (PAN-SA-2016-0034)
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Upgrade: PAN-OS 5.0.20/5.1.13/6.0.15/6.1.15/7.0.11/7.1.6


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Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2016-9151 (🔍)
SecurityTracker: 1037381
SecurityFocus: 94400

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Created: 11/19/2016 05:30 PM
Updated: 10/04/2022 09:53 AM
Changes: 11/19/2016 05:30 PM (44), 03/16/2017 02:47 PM (20), 10/04/2022 09:44 AM (3), 10/04/2022 09:48 AM (11), 10/04/2022 09:53 AM (1)
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