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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Hiding Breadcrumbs – Antiforensics on SAP BusinessObjects

At Troopers 14, JP and I gave a talk called “Anti-Forensics on SAP Systems”. The talk focused on the methods attackers could use to hide their tracks on an SAP system. This blog post highlights one of the attacks we discussed.

SAP BusinessObjects has long supported Auditing and it has been enabled within the product by default for a number of years. By design all Audit events are written to the Auditing Data Store (ADS) on a schedule. However, as BO is designed to be a distributed platform, there is a delay between the moment when an event occurs and the time that event reaches the ADS. As discussed in the Administrator Guide, the steps before an event reaches the ADS are as follows:

  1. After an event occurs (e.g. Logon, Report Generation) the Auditee writes the event to a temporary file.
  2. The Auditor polls all auditees for new events on a set schedule. In BO4, the polling interval is dependent on the utilization of the Auditor. Higher utilization means that the Auditees are polled less often. In one of the lab system’s the delay is typically 3 minutes with 1% utilization.
  3. If an auditee has new events, it takes them from the temporary file and sends them to the auditor in a batch.
  4. The auditee waits to receive confirmation from the auditor that the events have been received.
  5. After confirmation, the auditee deletes the events from the temporary file.

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Abusing File Sending Privileges in BusinessObjects Launch Pad

One of the features of BusinessObjects Launch Pad (formerly InfoView) is the ability to send a file to another user. By default, there are no restrictions on the types of files that can be sent. This can be handy on a Penetration Test when you might have Guest privileges and like to target specific users (e.g. the Administrator Group).

1. Login to the InfoView application. Go to Documents tab, New > Local Document. Make sure to add a convincing description. 2. Right click on the file and go to Send > ‘BI Inbox’ . Select who the file will be sent to. Notice, in the screenshot below we have selected the Administrators group. The ‘Use Specific Name’ field at the bottom can be used to rename the file. In this case we rename the file to ImportantDocument.zip (a similarly agnostic file type). In the third screenshot we show the file arriving with the title ImportantDocument.zip (rather than SuperSweetPayload.exe as it was originally named).

A Note on Defense:
An administrator can limit the types of files that can be uploaded using the CMC. In particular, limit the “Agnostic” file type to prevent executables.

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