Medium Severity
Affected system
ABAP

CVSS
4.3

Component
BC-MUS-POW
Patchday
2020-10
Released on
2020/10/13
SAP Note
2963137
Workaround
Yes
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Advisory

SAP takes the security of its vast product portfolio very seriously and thus releases security fixes for vulnerabilities reported by external researchers and their customers every second Tuesday of the month.

SAP Note 2963137 was released on 13.10.2020 and deals with "[CVE-2020-6371] Information disclosure in SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP via the POWL Test Feeder endpoint" within ABAP. We advice you to follow the instructions, to resolve information disclosure with a medium potential for exploitation in component BC-MUS-POW.

According to SAP Security Advisory team a workaround exists. It is advisable to implement the correction as monthly patch process .

Information disclosure is when an application fails to properly protect sensitive and confidential information from parties that are not supposed to have access to the subject matter in normal circumstances.
Carefully review every information disclosure vulnerablity in regards to disclosure obligations post-GDPR for ‘Personal data’ under the Data Protection Act 2018.

Risk specification

Under certain conditions, attackers can access restricted information in SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP via the POWL Test Feeder endpoint. Attackers may gain access to the list of user accounts and personal user information via the Personal Object Worklist.

Solution

The test application with the technical name POWL_TEST_FEEDER was created for internal testing. The Web Dynpro application contains the field USER, which was removed from this test application. After the installation of the patch, the user details cannot be accessed through this application.  And the good news are: a workaround exists, too! This was suggested by the SAP security experts: "In case the test application is not in use, you can consider the deactivation of Web Dynpro application named POWL_TEST_FEEDER via SICF transaction. "

Affected System

The advisory 2963137 describes a problem within an ABAP based systems of a specific version. Affected versions are described below. ABAP software is deployed in various software components and is widely used within the SAP product portfolio.

SAP NetWeaver Application Server (formally known as SAP Web Application Server) is a building block of SAP NetWeaver. It is the foundation for most software products developed by SAP SE. SAP NetWeaver systems exist with Java and/or ABAP stacks. The advisory could be relevant for single and dual-stack ABAP installations.

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Disclaimer

ABEX takes the security of SAP products very seriously. We very much encourage the responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities. If you have detected a vulnerability in one of the SAP software products – either in the latest or in a former product version follow the guidelines and processes in accordance with the SAP portal page “Report a Security Vulnerability to SAP”.

The advisories found within the ABEX security advisory are generated and continuously enriched by ABEX and affiliated security consultants, partners, customers of the SecurityBridge security suite, SAP support, and advisory groups.

There is no disclosure of zero-day vulnerabilities. In such case, the platform only provides details on which version or signature updates are available within the SecurityBridge platform in order to monitor or measure the vulnerability

In accordance with SAP guidelines, ABEX only discloses issues where the fixing security note has been released at least three months ago. The vulnerability platform makes no references to available exploits or Proof of Concepts (PoC). Advisories and vulnerabilities will always mention the fixing security note or hints to the corresponding SAP documentation.

 

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