Cortex-XDR-Config-Extractor - Cortex XDR Config Extractor

This tool is meant to be used during Red Team Assessments and to audit the XDR Settings.

With this tool its possible to parse the Database Lock Files of the Cortex XDR Agent by Palo Alto Networks and extract Agent Settings, the Hash and Salt of the Uninstall Password, as well as possible Exclusions.

Supported Extractions

  • Uninstall Password Hash & Salt
  • Excluded Signer Names
  • DLL Security Exclusions & Settings
  • PE Security Exclusions & Settings
  • Office Files Security Exclusions & Settings
  • Credential Gathering Module Exclusions
  • Webshell Protection Module Exclusions
  • Childprocess Executionchain Exclusions
  • Behavorial Threat Module Exclusions
  • Local Malware Scan Module Exclusions
  • Memory Protection Module Status
  • Global Hash Exclusions
  • Ransomware Protection Module Modus & Settings


Usage = ./ [Filename].ldb
Help = ./ -h

Getting Hold of Database Lock Files

Agent Version <7.8

With Agent Versions prior to 7.8 any authenticated user can generate a Support File on Windows via Cortex XDR Console in the System Tray. The databse lock files can be found within the zip:


Agent Version ≥7.8

Support files from Agents running Version 7.8 or higher are encrypted, but if you have elevated privileges on the Windows Maschine the files can be directly copied from the following directory, without encryption.

Method I


Method II

Generated Support Files are not deleted regulary, so it might be possible to find old, unencrypted Support Files in the following folder:


Agent Version >8.1

Supposedly, since Agent version 8.1, it should no longer be possible to pull the data from the lock files. This has not been tested yet.


This tool relies on a technique originally released by mr.d0x in April 2022

Legal disclaimer

Usage of Cortex-XDR-Config-Extractor for attacking targets without prior mutual consent is illegal. It's the end user's responsibility to obey all applicable local, state and federal laws. Developers assume no liability and are not responsible for any misuse or damage caused by this program. Only use for educational purposes.

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