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The advisory for Java adresses a "[CVE-2020-6225] Directory Traversal vulnerability in SAP NetWeaver (Knowledge Management)". SAP Note 2896682 was released on 14.04.2020 and should be implemented during part of maintenance. The implementation demands a downtime. Component EP-KM-CM-UI has a hot news risk of exploitation, according to the manufacturers security and response team.

Following the SAP Security Advisory team, a workaround does exist.

Risk specification

SAP NetWeaver Knowledge Management does not sufficiently validate path information provided by users, thus characters representing ‘traverse to parent directory’ are passed through to the file APIs ,allowing an attacker to overwrite, delete, or corrupt arbitrary files on the remote server, leading to Path Traversal.


SAP NetWeaver Knowledge Management has been updated to include additional checks on the parameter.  And the good news are: a workaround exists, too! This was suggested by the SAP security experts: "The issue is about uploading files into the Portal which require authorizations for Portal Content administration. Therefore you should verify which users are assigne to role pcd:portal_content/administrator/content_admin/content_admin_role"

Affected System

SAP Netweaver Application Server Java is part of the SAP NetWeaver Application Platform. It provides the complete infrastructure for deploying and running Java applications.

The advisory is valid for



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Protecting your SAP© systems against exploitation of directory traversal vulnerabilities is almost impossible without usage of an appropriate cybersecurity software.

Custom coding may be introduced at any moment. According to statistic, at least one vulnerability exists in a set of 1.000 source code lines. In consequence continuous code vulnerability assements are needed to protect your assets.