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SAP NetWeaver AS JAVA 7.5 XXE Injection

SAP NetWeaver AS JAVA 7.5 XXE Injection
Posted Jun 17, 2016
Authored by Vahagn Vardanyan

SAP NetWeaver AS JAVA versions 7.1 through 7.5 suffer from an XML external entity injection vulnerability.

tags | exploit, java, xxe
advisories | CVE-2016-3974
SHA-256 | 44897fd3de22b74e679203c9cb11f3fb82fcf5325291f376823810d3b828f093

SAP NetWeaver AS JAVA 7.5 XXE Injection

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Application: SAP NetWeaver AS JAVA

Versions Affected: SAP NetWeaver AS JAVA 7.1 - 7.5

Vendor URL: http://SAP.com

Bug: XXE

Sent: 20.10.2015

Reported: 21.10.2015

Vendor response: 21.10.2015

Date of Public Advisory: 08.03.2016

Reference: SAP Security Note 2235994

Author: Vahagn Vardanyan (ERPScan)



Title: [ERPSCAN-16-013] SAP NetWeaver AS Java ctcprotocol servlet –
XXE vulnerability

Advisory ID: [ERPSCAN-16-013]

Risk: Medium

Advisory URL: https://erpscan.com/advisories/erpscan-16-013-sap-netweaver-7-4-ctcprotocol-servlet-xxe/

Date published: 08.03.2016

Vendors contacted: SAP


Class: XXE

Impact: denial of service

Remotely Exploitable: Yes

Locally Exploitable: No


CVSS Information

CVSS Base Score v3: 6.4 / 10

CVSS Base Vector:

AV : Attack Vector (Related exploit range) Network (N)

AC : Attack Complexity (Required attack complexity) High (H)

PR : Privileges Required (Level of privileges needed to exploit) High (H)

UI : User Interaction (Required user participation) None (N)

S : Scope (Change in scope due to impact caused to components beyond
the vulnerable component) Unchanged (U)

C : Impact to Confidentiality High (H)

I : Impact to Integrity High (H)

A : Impact to Availability High (H)


Authorized attacker can use a special request to read files from the
server and then escalate his or her privileges.


SAP NetWeaver AS JAVA 7.1 - 7.5

Other versions are probably affected too, but they were not checked.


To correct this vulnerability, install SAP Security Note 2235994


Vahagn Vardanyan (ERPScan)


An XML external entity (XXE) vulnerability in the Configuration Wizard
in SAP NetWeaver Java AS 7.4 allows remote attackers to cause a denial
of service, conduct SMB Relay attacks, or access arbitrary files via a
crafted XML request related to the ctcprotocol servlet.


POST /_tc~monitoring~webservice~web/ServerNodesWSService HTTP/1.1
Content-Type: text/xml

<m:XXX xmlns:m="http://sap.com/monitoring/ws/sn/">


Sent: 20.10.2015

Reported: 21.10.2015

Vendor response: 21.10.2015

Date of Public Advisory: 08.03.2016



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