PAN-OS: Panorama authentication bypass vulnerability

ID PA-CVE-2020-2018
Type paloalto
Reporter Palo Alto Networks Product Security Incident Response Team
Modified 2020-05-13T16:00:00


An authentication bypass vulnerability in the Panorama context switching feature allows an attacker with network access to a Panorama's management interface to gain privileged access to managed firewalls. An attacker requires some knowledge of managed firewalls to exploit this issue. This issue does not affect Panorama configured with custom certificates authentication for communication between Panorama and managed devices.

Work around: This issue can be completely mitigated by enabling custom certificates authentication between Panorama and managed firewalls. See

This issue affects the management interface of PAN-OS and is strongly mitigated by following best practices for securing the PAN-OS management interface. Please review the Best Practices for Securing Administrative Access in the PAN-OS technical documentation, available at: