The advisory for SAPGUI / Frontend adresses a "Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in modified jQuery bundled with SAPUI5". SAP Note 2941170 was released on 11.08.2020 and should be implemented during part of maintenance. The implementation demands a downtime. Component CA-UI5-COR has a medium risk of exploitation, according to the manufacturers security and response team.

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

Cross-site scripting (XSS) is the name of a class of security vulnerabilities that can occur in web-based applications. XSS combines all vulnerabilities that allow an attacker to inject HTML Markup and/or JavaScript into the front end of the affected web application.

XSS attacks can occur whenever the application dynamically creates its HTML/JavaScript/CSS content, which is passed to the user's web browser, and attacker-controlled values are used in this process. If these values are included in the generated code without proper validation and encoding, the attacker is able to include arbitrary coding snippets into the application's front end. The code is then rendered by the victim's web browser and interpreted in the victim's current authentication context.

Risk specification

SAP UI5 and OpenUI5 do not sufficiently encode user controlled inputs, resulting in an Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability which would allow an unauthenticated adversary to access sensitive information such as session credentials.


The vulnerability was fixed by removing the vulnerable code, to prevent a successful XSS attack.  And the good news are: a workaround exists, too! This was suggested by the SAP security experts: "Cross-site scripting/request forgery filter engine on IDS/IPS/firewall systems. "

Affected System

Applications of the SAP GUI Family are SAP's universal clients for accessing SAP functionality in SAP applications. The GUI functions like a browser. It gets information from the SAP server like what, where, when and how, to display contents in its window. SAP GUI comes in the following three different flavors and exists in multiple versions:

  • SAP GUI for Windows
  • SAP GUI for the Java Environment
  • SAP GUI for HTML

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The advisory is valid for



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