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SAP Vulnerability Management vs SAP Patch Management

SAP Vulnerability Management vs SAP Patch Management

In this article, we explore the differences between the two processes – SAP Vulnerability Management and SAP Patch Management, and how they can help bolster the security of SAP systems. 

In the context of SAP Security - What is it and what are the differences?

Vulnerability Management and Patch Management are processes that are linked together but are not the same. They are often assumed to be similar but are distinct with different purposes and goals. 

Patch Management is a process used to update software like operating systems and applications on an asset logically and periodically. In the area of SAP systems, this means updating the operating system and database, but also the different SAP Software components of, for example, ABAP and JAVA stacks, and components like the SAP kernel executables, WebDispatchers, SAProuter, etc.  

These patches can also include specific SAP bug fixes, often referred to as SAP Security Notes. The purpose of a Patch Management process is to highlight, classify, prioritize, apply, and test any missing patches on an asset. These activities can also be referred to or be part of remediation/mitigation activities. 

Vulnerability Management is a process that discovers and categorizes security vulnerabilities or misconfigurations within operating systems, databases, or applications, and reports on these security vulnerabilities. A Vulnerability Management product, for example, can scan the asset and report the known vulnerabilities found along with remediation advice. This can include missing patches but has a much broader view, encompassing misconfigurations, wrong default settings, activated dangerous services, and more. In other words, Vulnerability Management extends beyond just Patch Management, which is just a part of it. 

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Joris van de Vis

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