Pulse Connect Secure < 9.1R8.2 (SA44588)

high Nessus Plugin ID 141359


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The remote device is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


According to its self-reported version, the version of Pulse Connect Secure running on the remote host is prior to 9.1R8.2. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities:

- A vulnerability in the Pulse Connect Secure < 9.1R8.2 admin web interface could allow an authenticated attacker to upload custom template to perform an arbitrary code execution. (CVE-2020-8243)

- A vulnerability in the authenticated user web interface of Pulse Connect Secure and Pulse Policy Secure < 9.1R8.2 could allow attackers to conduct Cross-Site Scripting (XSS). (CVE-2020-8238)

- A vulnerability in the Pulse Connect Secure < 9.1R8.2 admin web interface could allow an authenticated attacker to gain arbitrary file reading access through Pulse Collaboration via XML External Entity (XXE) vulnerability. (CVE-2020-8256)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Pulse Connect Secure version 9.1R8.2 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 141359

File Name: pulse_connect_secure-sa-44588.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: remote

Family: Misc.

Published: 10/9/2020

Updated: 11/30/2021

Dependencies: pulse_connect_secure_detect.nbin

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2020-8243


Risk Factor: High

Score: 8.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 4.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: High

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: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:2.3:a:pulsesecure:pulse_connect_secure:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Pulse Connect Secure

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/27/2020

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/27/2020

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2020-8238, CVE-2020-8256, CVE-2020-8243

IAVA: 2020-A-0444-S