Palo Alto Cortex XDR Agent 5.x < / 7.5.x < 7.5.101-CE DoS

high Nessus Plugin ID 176474


An application installed on the remote Windows host is affected by a denial of service vulnerability.


The version of Palo Alto Cortex XDR Agent installed on the remote Windows host is 5.x prior to or 7.5 prior to 7.5.101-CE. It is, therefore, affected by a denial of service (DoS) vulnerability. A problem with a protection mechanism in the Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR agent on Windows devices allows a local user to execute privileged cytool commands that disable or uninstall the agent.

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


Upgrade to Palo Alto Cortex XDR Agent version, 7.5.101-CE or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 176474

File Name: palo_alto_cortex_xdr_agent_cve-2023-0002.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 5/30/2023

Updated: 5/31/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-0002


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/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:/a:paloaltonetworks:cortex_xdr_agent

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Palo Alto Cortex XDR Agent, SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2/8/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/8/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-0002