Fortinet FortiGate <= 5.4.x / 5.6.x < 5.6.11 / 6.x < 6.2.0 Admin Privilege Escalation (FG-IR-17-053)

high Nessus Plugin ID 124324
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VPR Score: 5.9


The remote host is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The remote host is running a FortiOS version prior or equal to 5.4.x or 5.6.x prior to 5.6.11 or 6.x to 6.2.0. It is, therefore, affected by an elevation of privilege vulnerability. An authenticated, remote attacker with admin privileges can exploit this, via restoring a modified configuration, to gain elevated super_admin level privileges.


Upgrade to Fortinet FortiOS version 5.6.11/6.2.0 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 124324

File Name: fortios_FG-IR-17-053.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Family: Firewalls

Published: 4/26/2019

Updated: 4/29/2021

Dependencies: fortinet_version.nbin

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 5.9

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2017-17544

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 9

Temporal Score: 6.7

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 6.3

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:fortinet:fortios

Required KB Items: Host/Fortigate/model, Host/Fortigate/version, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 4/2/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 4/2/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2017-17544

BID: 107839