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Security Advisory - An Uncontrolled Search Path Element Leads to Local PE Vulnerability

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

CVE-2022-0025 | Cortex XDR Agent


On May 05, 2022, Paloalto confirmed A local privilege escalation (PE) vulnerability exists in Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR agent software on Windows that enables an authenticated local user with file creation privilege in the Windows root directory (such as C:\) to execute a program with elevated privileges.

This issue impacts:

All versions of the Cortex XDR agent when upgrading to Cortex XDR agent 7.7.0 on Windows;

Cortex XDR agent 7.7.0 without content update 500 or a later version on Windows.

This issue does not impact other platforms or other versions of the Cortex XDR agent.

Affected Platforms

Severity: MEDIUM
  • CVSSv3.1 Base Score: 6.7 (CVSS:3.1/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/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


  • This issue is fixed in Cortex XDR agent 7.7.0 with content update 500, Cortex XDR agent 7.7.1 build, and all later Cortex XDR agent versions.

  • Ensure that Cortex XDR agent is upgraded to Cortex XDR agent or a later build when upgrading Cortex XDR agent to Cortex XDR agent 7.7 to prevent exposure to this vulnerability during the upgrade process.

Workarounds and Mitigations

  • There are no known workarounds for this issue


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