Application: SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP
Versions Affected: SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.31, probably others
Vendor URL:
Bugs: XML External Entity
Reported: 09.07.2013
Vendor response: 10.07.2013
Date of Public Advisory: 20.01.2015
Reference: SAP Security Note 2016638
Authors: Nikolay Mescherin (ERPScan)

Class: XML External Entity [CWE-611]
Impact: SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.31
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No

Business Risk
It is possible for attackers to send any packet to any port of any system including localhost.
It means that it is possible, for example, to send any administrative command to Gateway or Message Server because the source of the packet will be localhost, and there are no restrictions for localhost. Another example is an attack on other interfaces.

SAP XML parser validates all incoming XML requests with user specified DTD.

SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.31
Other versions are probably affected too, but they were not checked.

Apply the corrections in SAP Security Note 2016638 or upgrade to the following SPs:

  • SAP_BASIS 7.40: SP08
  • SAP_BASIS 7.31: SP13
  • SAP_BASIS 7.30: SP12
  • SAP_BASIS 7.11: SP14
  • SAP_BASIS 7.10: SP19

SAP XML parser in the function ECATT_DISPLAY_XMLSTRING_REMOTE (IM_STRING parameter) validates all incoming XML requests with a user-specified DTD.

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