Analyzing SAP Security Notes August 2014 Edition

SAP is a complex and ever changing system, whether because of changes introduced to your SAP implementation to better suit your business or applying Security Notes (Patches) to ensure that newly disclosed vulnerabilities are mitigated.

In order to provide a predictable and scheduled flow of vulnerability mitigation and security patches SAP releases their latest Security Notes information the second Tuesday of every month. Due to this regular disclosure of new security issues that could potentially weaken the security of SAP systems within an organization, it is highly recommended to carry out periodic assessments on a monthly basis at least.

At Onapsis we are very concerned about not only our client’s SAP systems security but the state of SAP security in general, so, to assist SAP’s customers, we perform a detailed analysis of the monthly SAP Security Notes as soon as they are published. The goal of this effort is to provide SAP clients with detailed information about the newly released notes and vulnerabilities affecting their SAP systems and help guide their testing of these systems within their organization.

37 Security Notes were published by SAP this month (29 Patch Day and 8 Support Package Notes).

 

The box-plot graph, located on the left side, illustrates the distribution of CVSS scores across the Security Notes released by SAP.
The CVSS Score median is near 6.0 with three notes exceeding the CVSS scoring of 8.0 (their values are 8.5, 8.7 and 8.8). Regardless of the criticality of each note, at Onapsis Research Laboratory we have analyzed the technical impact of all the published notes.

Hot News
The note 2044175 was released as hot news. This Security Note fixes certain authentication controls for APIs of the Afaria Server that don’t authenticate incoming devices properly.
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How SAP Advisories Affect You

This week you will have seen from our twitter account, (@Onapsis) or other security news feeds like PacketStorm regarding the publication of information about six advisories discovered by the Onapsis Research Labs effecting SAP. In a past blog, Securing Your SAP Through Research, I talked about the importance and value of the security research we do here at Onapsis. Additionally, I have discussed the fact that we have seen automated, widespread attempts to compromise SAP systems as well as very targeted attacks and the implications of those attacks.

If you look at the latest six advisories released by the Onapsis Research Labs which are listed on our advisory page you will see they impact across a variety of SAP technologies that have very different delivery methods. There are three vulnerabilities effecting SAP HANA, two targeting the Extended Application Services (XS); one of which is XSS in the Administration Tool for SAP HANA XS and the third is an authentication bypass. A highlight for me was the discovery of a hardcoded user in SAP FI Manager Self-Service, which effects every installation of FI Manager.

It is very important that you stay informed by reading about the advisories we publish and also the monthly Security Notes releases by SAP and that you evaluate their relevance to your critical systems and the risk they represent to those critical systems.

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Learning from Zombie Zero Attacks Targeting ERP Systems

In my previous post I talked about the discovery of targeted malware embedded in physical scanners that were sold to shipping and logistics companies. Once operational the malware searched the victim’s network for ERP systems, compromised them (from the report it would appear all systems were compromised; and based on our own experience that has been the case in our engagements) and coped the data from these systems back to command and control servers, reportedly based in China.

It is tempting to think that this is an isolated problem only specific to one industry, but the reality is all businesses have hardware attached to their network that runs or has access to their critical systems and infrastructure. Counterfeit equipment is a long standing problem, with these fakes being hard to detect from the real thing. With the practice of the hardware being assembled by one company and the firmware being produced by another there is even more room for malicious software or instructions being added to printers, switches, routers and other equipment that exists in almost every network today.

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Holding the attack in your hand, how organization’s ERP systems are the target of Zombie Zero

Picture someone walking around a section of your business and simply scanning your business critical data, financial records and other ERP information away. It sounds like something out of Star Trek, but in a report published by Antone Gonsalves on CSO Online this has already happened to at least half a dozen large European and US Companies.

What happened? These companies all bought scanners from the same Chinese company for use in their shipping departments. These scanners were later discovered to have malware installed on them and when the scanners where connected into the businesses network and operated the malware was activated. This targeted malware, dubbed Zombie Zero, consisted of the three stage attack.

Stage one had the scanner look for and try to compromise any server with the word ‘finance’ in the host name. This searching and compromising activity would continue until the malware discovered and compromised the host, which each time was an ERP system. At this point stage two would begin.

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Analyzing SAP Security Notes July 2014 Edition

SAP is a complex and ever changing system, whether because of changes introduced to your SAP implementation to better suit your business or applying Security Notes (Patches) to ensure that newly disclosed vulnerabilities are mitigated.

In order to provide a predictable and scheduled flow of vulnerability mitigation and security patches SAP releases their latest Security Notes information the second Tuesday of every month. Due to this regular disclosure of new security issues that could potentially weaken the security of SAP systems within an organization, it is highly recommended to carry out periodic assessments on a monthly basis in the least.

At Onapsis we are very concerned about not only our client’s SAP systems’ security but the state of SAP security in general, so, to assist SAP’s customers, we perform a detailed analysis of the monthly SAP Security Notes as soon as they are published. The goal of this effort is to provide SAP clients with detailed information about the newly released notes and vulnerabilities affecting their SAP systems and help guide their testing of these systems within their organization. Continue reading

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Analyzing SAP Security Notes June 2014 Edition

SAP is a complex and ever changing system, whether because of changes introduced to  your SAP implementation to better suit your business or through the application of Security Notes (Patches) to ensure that newly disclosed vulnerabilities are mitigated.

In order to provide a predictable and scheduled flow of vulnerability mitigation information and security patches, SAP releases their latest Security Notes information on the second Tuesday of every month. Due to this regular disclosure of new security issues that could potentially weaken the security of SAP systems within an organization, it’s highly recommended to carry out periodic assessments on a monthly basis at least.

At Onapsis we are very concerned about our client’s SAP system security and also the state of SAP security in general, so to assist our customers, we perform a detailed analysis of the monthly SAP Security Notes as soon as they are published. The goal of this is to provide SAP clients with detailed information about the newly released notes and vulnerabilities affecting their SAP systems and help guide their testing of these systems within their organization.

This month 21 SAP Security Notes were published by SAP (3 Support Packages and 18 Patch Day Notes). Of the ten notes reported by external researchers, Onapsis Research Labs reported six (from those notes, the 2001106 involved a remote unauthenticated Denial of Service which affects SAP Business Objects, and 2015446 a Code Injection vulnerability in SAP HANA Web Development Workbench, both discovered by Will Vandevanter). Continue reading

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Analyzing SAP Security Notes May 2014 Edition

SAP is a complex and ever changing system, whether because of changes introduced to your SAP implementation to better suit your business or through the application of Security Notes (Patches) to ensure that newly disclosed vulnerabilities are mitigated.

In order to provide a predictable and scheduled flow of vulnerability mitigation information and security patches, SAP releases their latest Security Notes information on the second Tuesday of every month. Due to this regular disclosure of new security issues that could potentially weaken the security of SAP systems within an organization, it’s highly recommended to carry out periodic assessments on a monthly basis at least.

At Onapsis we are very concerned about our client’s SAP system security and also the state of SAP security in general, so to assist our customers, we perform a detailed analysis of the monthly SAP Security Notes as soon as they are published. The goal of this is to provide SAP clients with detailed information about the newly released notes and vulnerabilities affecting their SAP systems and help guide their testing of these systems within their organization.

This month 17 Security Notes were published by SAP (taking into account 1 Support Package Note and 16 Patch Day Notes). There were four notes reported by external researchers, Onapsis Research Labs reported 1 of the four notes (2009696) a XSS vulnerability in SAP HANA by Will Vandevanter.

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SNC: Protecting SAP Communication Channels

Why SNC?

SAP systems include a reduced set of security features, which cover the SAP authorization concept and user authentication based on passwords. SNC is a software layer in the SAP Netweaver system architecture that provides an interface to an external security product offering stronger authentication methods, by encryption and by single sign-on mechanisms allowing SAP customers to extend SAP system security beyond the built in set of features shipped with SAP.

Keep in mind SNC is not a security product by itself. It only provides an interface to external security products which must implement any desired functionality in a manner defined in the standard interface GSS-API V2 (Generic Security Services Application Programming Interface Version 2). SNC uses this interface to communicate with an external security product (usually a library).

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Assessing HANA Systems Against the SAP HANA Security Guide

SAP takes their responsibility to help their customers be secure seriously. They have released the SAP HANA Security Guide to help their customers deploy HANA in a secure way. SAP Security Guides are nothing new, they help define a minimum benchmark of a securely deployed SAP system.

For those tasked with assessing a SAP HANA (or ABAP) system and determining the complete risk the system represents to the business, they know that just performing a SoD check is not enough (and for those that don’t the list of security guides from SAP and this blog should help explain why). SAP states that “[these] security guides provide information that is relevant for all lifecycle phases”. When auditing or assessing these SAP systems, and HANA in particular a logical place to start is to compare the system against SAP’s own security recommendations and benchmarks for HANA.

The SAP HANA Security Guide provides those minimum security recommendations. At 102 pages, the guide provides a lot of detailed information about the SAP HANA solution, common deployment scenarios and an overview of the communication paths used within a SAP HANA deployment and how they should be secured. This is further broken out into the following areas:

  • SAP HANA User and Role Management
  • SAP HANA Authentication and Single-Sign On
  • SAP HANA Authorization
  • SAP HANA Data Storage Security
  • Auditing Activity in SAP HANA Systems
  • Security Risks of Trace and Dump Files
  • SAP HANA Additional Components
  • Security for SAP HANA Data Provisioning Technologies
  • Security Reference Information

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Implementing Layered Security for SAP

Since the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act passed in 2002, an organizations’ emphasis on their internal controls and risk management has increased significantly. United States Federal Law set new standards for all publicly traded US company’s boards, management and for public accounting firms. As a result of SOX, top management of these companies must individually certify the accuracy of their reported financial information.

Different software has been developed in order to meet these new requirements. One of the most famous is the module designed by SAP, known as SAP GRC Access Control. The driving idea behind this Security module is to ensure segregation of duties (SoD), by defining an SoD Matrix and allowing risk analysis reports to be periodically generated. It also helps organizations detect if they have Super User accounts in Production Systems, a finding usually flagged during any traditional audit as this violation implies there is no controlled environment for the use of emergency users. The SAP GRC Access Control module ties into workflows for creating new users or modifying existing users, allowing the workflow to interact with the SoD Matrix and alerting administrators if they are granting accesses that would represent an SoD conflict as they grant that access. Finally, the design and configuration of users’ roles can be broken out into several approval steps. This means that risk analysis can also be made at the role level.

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