Vulnerability - Palo Alto firewalls utilising the GlobalProtect VPN component


23 November 2021

A vulnerability has been identified in certain versions of Palo Alto firewalls utilising the GlobalProtect VPN component. Affected Australian organisations should apply the available update as soon as possible.

Alert status - HIGH

Background /What has happened?

A vulnerability (CVE-2021-3064) has been identified in the GlobalProtect component of certain versions of the Palo Alto firewall operating system. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an unauthenticated cyber actor to perform remote code execution. A cyber actor would then be able to install malware or otherwise control the affected device.

Mitigation / How do I stay secure?

Australian organisations who utilise a Palo Alto firewall, particularly those that utilise the GlobalProtect component, should review the Palo Alto Network security advisory for a list of specific vulnerable configurations and product versions. Affected organisations should then review the patch status of any Palo Alto firewalls and update to the latest available version.

Assistance / Where can I go for help?

The ACSC is monitoring the situation and is able to provide assistance and advice as required. Organisations that have been impacted or require assistance can contact the ACSC via 1300 CYBER1 (1300 292 371).


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