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SAP Vulnerability

As a leading software producer around the globe, SAP can be vulnerable to cybersecurity. This is true given that most corporations run multiple systems with business-critical information in SAP. Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities sitting in the SAP applications to gain access to classified information, disrupting business processes. These vulnerabilities can appear as configuration errors, access control problems, and software bugs. 

As SAP Systems are widely used across all business sectors for various purposes, it is a no-brainer why cyber attackers are interested in exploiting vulnerabilities. When an attacker successfully infiltrates an SAP system, it can lead to financial loss, data loss, reputational damage, and even legal liability. A cyber-attack on SAP systems, which also integrate with third-party applications and systems, may also expose the rest of the integrated applications when it occurs.

How to keep your systems secure

Keeping your SAP systems secure and protecting against risks is extremely important. There are many components and measures that you can use to ensure you are protecting your SAP systems and their vulnerabilities.

Here are some ways you can ensure you are mitigating your SAP Vulnerabilities:

  1. Keep up with the latest security advisories, SAP updates, and vulnerabilities.
  2. Limit the number of users with access to sensitive data by creating strong access controls.
  3. Update your systems regularly and keep up with the latest security patches.
  4. Use third-party security tools that can aid you with protecting your SAP Systems like the SecurityBridge SAP Security Platform.
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Details about SAP vulnerability CVE-2022-22536 – Request smuggling

In SAP’s patch round of February 2022, an SAP Security Note was released with a CVSS score of 10/10 named, “Request smuggling and request concatenation in SAP NetWeaver, SAP Content Server and SAP Web Dispatcher”. This particular type of vulnerability is not common in SAP systems and therefore interesting to look at. As patching the SAP kernel executables is often not done promptly, we can expect this vulnerability present in the customer’s systems for quite some time.

Types of SAP Vulnerabilities

As SAP Systems are complex and widely used, it is no surprise that cyber attackers exploit various types of vulnerabilities to gain access to critical data. As there are many types of vulnerabilities and different ways to mitigate them. You can find some examples of common vulnerabilities here:

  1. SAP Code Injection Vulnerabilities – These vulnerabilities allow attackers to inject malicious code into SAP Systems. This malicious code can help them steal data or attack business operations. Some examples of this type of vulnerability are SQL injection and Remote Function Call (RFC) injection.
  2. SAP Denial of Service Vulnerabilities – These vulnerabilities allow attackers to send multiple requests or data to SAP Systems, causing the systems to become overwhelmed and crash.
  3. SAP Authentication Vulnerabilities – These vulnerabilities allow cyber attackers access to outsmart authentication protocols and get access to SAP Systems. Some examples of these vulnerabilities are the misconfiguration of authentication settings and shared credentials or weak passwords.
  4. SAP Authorization Vulnerabilities – These vulnerabilities allow attackers to gain access to critical information and system protocols. Some examples of these vulnerabilities are misconfigured authorization protocols and poor role designs.

However, these are just some of the common vulnerabilities SAP Systems face. One thing you can for sure do to ensure your SAP Systems are always protected is to keep up with the latest trends and continuously patch all vulnerabilities, or if you’d like to automate part of the process, you can get a third-party tool like SecurityBridge. SecurityBridge is 100% integrated into your SAP Systems and requires no additional hardware.

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In SAP’s patch round of February 2022, an SAP Security Note was released with a CVSS score of 10/10 named, “Request smuggling and request concatenation in SAP NetWeaver, SAP Content Server and SAP Web Dispatcher”. This particular type of vulnerability is not common in SAP systems and therefore interesting to look at. As patching the SAP kernel executables is often not done promptly, we can expect this vulnerability present in the customer’s systems for quite some time.
While Patch Management helps you implement code fixes for known vulnerabilities in the system code, your SAP system still has a huge number of parameters and settings that influence the behavior of the application. Quite a few of them are security-related and have a significant impact on your attack surface. It is key for the security of your business-critical SAP systems that you harden them.

Questions (FAQ)

Why should I be concerned about SAP Vulnerabilities?

Since SAP Systems contain business-critical information, it is easy to see why attackers want to target them. If an SAP System successfully gets compromised, this can represent a data loss for the company and a financial loss. 

How can I detect SAP vulnerabilities

Keeping your system updated, running regular security assessments, and having vulnerability scans are some ways you can detect vulnerabilities.

How can I remediate SAP vulnerabilities?

Identifying SAP vulnerabilities, assessing their severity, prioritizing remediation efforts, and implementing patches, fixes, or configuration changes are necessary steps for remediation.

Can third-party security tools help mitigate SAP vulnerabilities?

Yes, third-party security tools specializing in SAP security can help mitigate SAP vulnerabilities. Tools like SecurityBridge’s Vulnerability Scan continuously search for compliance violations, helps improve SAP cybersecurity posture.

How can I stay informed about SAP vulnerabilities?

How can I stay informed about SAP vulnerabilities?

You can stay informed about SAP vulnerabilities by checking security advisories and updates, or you can follow us on LinkedIn, where we post multiple SAP Security and SAP Vulnerability information.

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How to automate and simplify Vulnerability Management?

The SecurityBridge SAP Vulnerability Management solution continuously searches for compliance violations and helps improve the SAP cybersecurity posture.

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