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Security Analytics with SAP Focused Run

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SAP Focused Run delivers real-time application monitoring, alerting and analytics for large-scale SAP landscapes and hosting providers that need to monitor customer SAP installations from a central platform. It leverages the power of SAP HANA to support centralized monitoring for thousands of systems in high-volume environments. Focused Run is intended to complement SAP Solution Manager …
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SAP Security Notes, April 2022

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The central note 3170990 consolidates security notes for the critical Spring4Shell vulnerability. Spring4Shell is addressed by CVE-2022-22965. This is related to a remote code execution vulnerability in the open-source Java Spring Framework. Successful exploitation requires Apache Tomcat for serving applications built as a WAR file. Notes 3189428, 3187290, 3189429, 3189635 and 3171258 patch Sping4Shell in …
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Patch Your SAP Systems with SAP Solution Manager

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Regularly patching SAP systems is the single most important action you can take to secure business-critical SAP applications from cyber threats. Despite the concern surrounding zero-day vulnerabilities, every known SAP exploit targets existing vulnerabilities patched by SAP through security notes. In other words, there is no evidence of the exploitation of zero-day vulnerabilities for SAP …
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SAP Security Notes, March 2022

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Note 3123396 patches SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP and the Web Dispatcher for CVE-2022-22536. This is related to the ICMAD (Internet Communication Manager Advanced Desync) vulnerability that was the subject of alerts from multiple threat intelligence agencies including CISA and CERT-EU. ICMAD is a memory corruption vulnerability that can be exploited through a single HTTP …
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Monitoring SuccessFactors with SAP Solution Manager

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SuccessFactors is a cloud SaaS solution from SAP for Human Capital Management. It includes a suite of applications for core HR functions such as employee management, recruitment, and payroll.  It is often closely integrated with HCM functions in cloud or on-premise ERP systems using the Integration Add-On for SAP ERP HCM. The integration can be …
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SAP Security Notes, February 2022

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The central note 3131047 was updated with the addition of security notes 3142773 and 3139893 for the critical remote code execution vulnerability in the Apache Log4J 2 component. The new notes patch Log4Shell in SAP Commerce and SAP Dynamic Authorization Management and include manual procedures to apply both patches and workarounds. Note 3140940 patches a …
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CISA, FBI Warn Organizations to Protect Against State-Sponsored Malware

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint statement to advise organizations to prepare for increased cyber activity in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to the advisory, there is a risk that Russian cyber attacks will spread to government and business networks …
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Security Advisory for Critical SAP ICMAD Vulnerabilities

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International threat intelligence agencies including the U.S Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU (CERT-EU) issued security advisories last week for critical vulnerabilities in the SAP Internet Communication Manager (ICM). The ICM supports inbound and outbound communication with SAP systems using the HTTP(S) protocol. It is a …
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SAP Security Notes, January 2022

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Multiple Hot News notes were released in January as part of SAP’s continued efforts to patch solutions impacted by the critical Log4Shell vulnerability. This includes Process Orchestration (note 3130521), Data Intelligence (3130920) and Business One (3131740). The central note 3131047 consolidates patches for the remote code execution vulnerability in the vulnerable Apache Log4j 2 component. …
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Whitepaper: Securing SAP Solutions from Log4Shell

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Log4JShell is one of the most dangerous security vulnerabilities in decades. It can be exploited remotely with minimal complexity and without authentication to execute arbitrary code that could lead to the complete compromise of vulnerable applications. Log4Shell impacts Log4J, a widely installed open-source Java logging utility. A dangerous zero-day remote code execution vulnerability in Log4J …
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SAP Security Notes, December 2021

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The central security note 3131047 consolidates Log4Shell patches for SAP products. Log4JShell is regarded as one of the most dangerous security vulnerabilities in decades. It can be exploited remotely with minimal complexity and without authentication to execute arbitrary code that could lead to the complete compromise of vulnerable applications. Log4Shell impacts Log4J, a widely installed …
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Securing SAP Systems from Log4J Exploits

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has designated the recent Log4J vulnerability as one of the most serious in decades and urged organizations to immediately address the vulnerability in applications.   Log4j is an open-source logging framework maintained by the Apache Foundation. The framework includes the API Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI). Strings …
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SAP Security Notes, November 2021

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Hot news note 3089831 was updated for a SQL Injection vulnerability in SAP NZDT Mapping Table Framework. SAP NZDT (Near Zero Downtime Technology) is a service that supports system conversion with minimal downtime. The vulnerability could enable attackers to access backend databases by executing malicious queries or inject code through vulnerable NZDT function modules. The …
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CISA Issues Directive for Actively Exploited SAP Vulnerabilities

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The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Binding Operational Directive 22-01 on November 3 to compel government departments and agencies to remediate specific vulnerabilities with known exploits. According to CISA, the vulnerabilities pose a significant risk to information systems. This includes several vulnerabilities for SAP applications that must be remediated by May 3, …
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SAP Security Notes, October 2021

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Hot News note 3097887 patches a broken authorization check in SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP and ABAP Platform. The vulnerability could be exploited by attackers with developer or administrator rights to transfer malicious code to vulnerable systems. This can be performed via a LEAVE PROGRAM statement in a specific report within the software logistics system. Note …
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Security Monitoring with Focused Insights for SAP Solution Manager

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Focused Insights is an advanced dashboard framework that was previously available only for MaxAttention customers as part of the MaxAttention Next Generation Add-On (MANGO) but is now available for all SAP customers. Focused Insights can now be installed in SAP Solution Manager 7.2 without any additional SAP licensing or user and usage restrictions. Focused Insights …
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SAP Security Notes, September 2021

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Hot news note 3078609 patches a missing authorization check in the JMS Connector Service of SAP NetWeaver Application Server for Java. The vulnerability could be exploited to execute arbitrary code in the system remotely and without authentication. Hence, the note carries the maximum CVSS score of 10/10. A fix is included in the note but …
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SAP Security Notes, August 2021

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Hot news note 3072955 patches a Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) vulnerability in the Component Build Service of SAP NetWeaver Development Infrastructure (NWDI). The Component Build Service includes a vulnerable servlet that could be targeted to perform proxy attacks. The vulnerability has a CVSS score of 9.9/10 for NWDI installations exposed to the internet. The …
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Securing the SYSTEM User in SAP HANA

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The SYSTEM user is the most powerful database user in SAP HANA with system-wide privileges including permissions to create and maintain other users, perform system changes, stop and start services, and create and drop databases and tables. The user is created during the initial setup of SAP HANA. Once the system is setup, the SYSTEM …
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SAP Security Notes, July 2021

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Hot News Note 3007182 contains updated corrections for a broken authentication vulnerability in the SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP and ABAP Platform. The corrections improve the ability to distinguish between internal and external RFC and HTTP connections. This protects against external threat actors using credentials for internal communications.  Note 3007182 includes kernel patches for multiple kernel …
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License Auditing with SAP Solution Manager

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SAP uses a variety of licensing models for its solutions including perpetual licenses, subscription licenses, and consumption-based term licenses. For perpetual licenses, usage rights for SAP software are restricted to a specific number of SAP Named Users. The number of Named Users is a key component of pricing metrics for such licenses. Compliance is an …
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SAP Security Notes, June 2021

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Hot News note 3040210 patches a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Source Rules of SAP Commerce. The vulnerability affects both on-premise installations of SAP Commerce and SAP Commerce Cloud in the Public Cloud. SAP Commerce Backoffice application allows certain authorized users to create source rules which are translated to drools rule when published to …
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Securing Software Supply Chains for SAP Systems

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Software supply chain attacks are advanced cyberattacks that target information systems through third party software. Threat actors compromise systems and data by exploiting software builds or interfaces for trusted software. This enables attackers to introduce malware without detection including backdoors. The recent software supply chain attack experienced by SolarWinds is widely regarded as one of …
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Webinar Playback: Protecting SAP Systems from Ransomware Attacks

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Ransomware is headline news, and recent attacks have demonstrated the devastating impact of attacks that target critical infrastructure. According to the Department of Homeland Security ransomware attacks have increased by 300% over the past year, impacting all industries and sectors. The average downtime from an attack is 21 days, but full recovery takes an average …
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