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SAP Security Notes, June 2020

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Hot News note 2928570 patches a critical remote code execution vulnerability in SAP Liquidity Management for Banking. The vulnerability impacts connections using the Apache JServ Protocol (AJP) in Apache Tomcat. AJP connections should be blocked if not required by disabling the AJP Connector. The connections can be exploited to read and process arbitrary files in …
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Anomaly Detection with SAP Solution Manager

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Threat detection is commonly performed through rules or signature-based pattern matching. Detection engines compare actual events with patterns of malicious events to discover indicators of compromise (IOCs).  IOCs discovered by detection engines typically trigger an alarm or alert for a suspected security breach. Pattern matching is a tried and tested method to identify known exploits …
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SAP Discloses Critical Vulnerabilities in ASE Databases

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SAP customers are urged to apply a series of recent patches released by SAP for the Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE).  SAP ASE, previously known as Sybase SQL Server and Sybase ASE, is a widely deployed database platform used for both SAP and non-SAP applications. According to SAP, ASE is used by over 30,000 customers worldwide, …
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SAP Security Notes, May 2020

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Hot News Note 2835979 patches a critical code injection vulnerability in Service Data Download. The vulnerability can be exploited by attackers to inject malicious code into the ST-PI plugin for NetWeaver Application Server ABAP (AS ABAP). This could lead to the complete compromise of ABAP servers.  The vulnerability carries a base CVSS score of 9.9/10 …
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Visualize Security Risks for SAP Systems with Threat Maps

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Threat Maps in SAP Solution Manager visualize security vulnerabilities, missing patches and open alerts for SAP systems across geolocations. They provide a fast and intuitive way to display and interact with security information for SAP landscapes that span multiple cities, countries, or regions. System data is maintained in the Landscape Management Database (LMDB) of SAP …
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SAP Discloses Security Gaps in Cloud Solutions

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SAP issued a statement last week to disclose security lapses in several cloud products including SAP Cloud Platform, SAP Analytics Cloud, SuccessFactors, and Concur. According to the statement, the disclosure was prompted by an internal security review. SAP does not believe customer data has been compromised as a result of the issues. The lapses impact …
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SAP Security Notes, April 2020

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Hot news note 2863731 provides updated correction instructions for a critical deserialization vulnerability in the enterprise Business Objects platform. The Crystal Reports .Net SDK WebForm Viewer in Business Objects could enable attackers with basic authorization to execute deserialization attacks. This could be exploited to perform malicious code execution. Note 2904480 patches a significant input validation …
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Automating SAP Audits with Solution Manager

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According to IDC, 80% of ERP applications are audited at least once every 12 months. Driven by regulatory requirements, audits can drain valuable resources from projects targeted at business growth. They can also lead to audit fatigue and undermine relationships between IT and audit stakeholders. Compliance Reporting in SAP Solution Manager enables organizations to automate …
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Layer Seven Security Recognized as Top 25 Cyber Security Company

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Layer Seven Security has been selected by a panel of experts and members of the CIO Applications editorial board for inclusion in the Top 25 Cyber Security Companies for 2020. The annual list is compiled by CIO Applications to recognize and promote organizations that provide cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions. CIO Applications is a Silicon Valley industry …
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Securing the SAProuter from Remote Attacks

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The surge in remote working has led to an increasing reliance on the SAProuter as a means to facilitate secure remote access to SAP applications. As a reverse proxy between external networks and SAP landscapes, the SAProuter enables organizations to apply more granular policies for filtering and securing connections to SAP systems than network firewalls. …
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SAP Security Notes, March 2020

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Hot News note 2845377 patches a missing authentication check in the Diagnostics Agent. The Agent is a component of the Solution Manager landscape. It commonly connects to the Java server in Solution Manager through the J2EE Message Server HTTP port. This is recommended by SAP. However, it can also connect to Solution Manager using a …
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Security Forensics with SAP Solution Manager

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Security Forensics in SAP Solution Manager supports centralized log monitoring for SAP landscapes. The Fiori application from Layer Seven Security enables users to analyze incidents across multiple logs and systems directly from Solution Manager, helping organizations to detect and respond to security breaches. It also protects against anti-forensics.  Since event logs are replicated to a …
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SAP Security Notes, February 2020

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Note 2841053 patches a high risk Denial of Service (DOS) Vulnerability in the SAP Host Agent. Username/password-based authentication requests for the SAP Host Agent are delegated to operating systems or LDAP, Active Directory and other authentication platforms. Operating systems and authentication platforms often include mechanisms to limit parallel logon requests in order to protect against …
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Webinar Playback: SIEM Integration for SAP

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Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems support centralized security monitoring across networks. They ingest and analyze data from hosts, routers, switches, firewalls and other components to identify and respond to security threats. SIEM systems can ingest data directly from SAP application logs. However, direct integration is complex and laborious. It also requires high maintenance …
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Prevent Configuration Drift with SAP Solution Manager

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Maintaining system security in dynamic SAP environments is a constant challenge. New users are added every day. Permissions for existing users are constantly updated to keep up with changing requirements. Software updates, transports and other changes introduce new components or developments and often necessitate changes to system settings. With each change, even hardened systems can …
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SAP Security Notes, January 2020

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Note 2822074 patches a missing authorization check in the Business Object Repository (BOR) of SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP. The note introduces the switchable authorization check objects S_BOR_RFC and S_BOR_PRX to supplement the generic S_RFC authorization. The new objects should be activated using transaction SACF to secure remote access to BOR. Note 2844646 is a …
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Whitepaper: SIEM Integration for SAP

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Download the new whitepaper for SAP-SIEM integration from Layer Seven Security. The whitepaper outlines recommended settings for the Security Audit Log, HANA audit log, and other logs to support advanced threat detection. It discusses the challenges of direct integration of SAP logs with SIEM systems in terms of complexity, log volume, maintenance, and event correlation. …
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SAP Security Notes, December 2019

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Note 2871877 patches multiple high priority vulnerabilities in Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Workbenches in SAP Enterprise Asset Management (EAM). This includes missing authorizations checks for authenticated users that could lead to an escalation of privileges, and directory traversal caused by insufficient path validation. The latter vulnerability could enable attackers to read, overwrite, delete, or …
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Season’s Greetings

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2019 was a stellar year. In case you missed them, check out the enhancements we rolled out during the year >  CVA – SolMan Integration – Monitor vulnerabilities in your custom programs using SAP Code Vulnerability Analyzer and SAP Solution Manager >  Fiori Reports & Dashboards – Manage vulnerabilities and threats directly from the SAP Fiori …
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SAP Security Notes, November 2019

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Hot News Note 2839864 updates Note 2808158 for a high risk OS Command Injection vulnerability in the SAP Diagnostics Agent. The vulnerability exists within the OS Command Plugin of the Agent, accessible through transaction GPA_ADMIN and the OS Command Console. Note 2839864 provides a patch for the LM_SERVICE for Support Pack levels 6-9 of the …
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SIEM Integration with SAP Solution Manager

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Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platforms combine the ability to collect log data from applications, hosts, routers, switches, firewalls and other endpoints with the ability to analyze events in real time. They support threat detection, event correlation and incident response with alerting and reporting capabilities. SIEM platforms require complete coverage for maximum yield. In …
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SAP Security Notes, October 2019

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Hot News Note 2828682 patches a vulnerability in SAP Landscape Management Enterprise that could lead to the disclosure of critical information. Although the notes carries a CVSS score of 9.1/10, the vulnerability addressed by the note can only be executed under specific, uncommon conditions. In addition to implementing SAP Landscape Management 3.0 SP12 Patch 02, …
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