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Vulnerable SAP Deployments Make Prime Attack Targets 72

wiredmikey writes "Using a combination of TCP scans and Google, security researchers found that nearly a quarter of the organizations running vulnerable versions of SAP are tempting fate by leaving them exposed to the Internet. This discovery, researchers from ERPScan say, dispels the myth that SAP systems are only available from the internal network, leading to the misconception that they are protected by design. By March 2012, there were more than 2,000 security advisories published by SAP. Of those, about 7% (124) have publicly available PoC (proof-of-concept) exploit code available to the public. Many of the issues discovered are related to poor configuration or poor deployment planning. For example, 212 SAP Routers were found in Germany, which were created mainly to route access to internal SAP systems. Another issue with the vulnerable and exposed SAP installations is that many of them run on Windows NT, creating a twin set of risks for the organization, as they have to contend with a bad SAP deployment and unsupported OS that is full of security issues all by itself."
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Vulnerable SAP Deployments Make Prime Attack Targets

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  • Bad (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dan East ( 318230 ) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @08:30PM (#40424793) Journal

    I have no idea what the hell SAP is, but it sounds really dangerous.

  • by axonis ( 640949 ) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @09:51PM (#40425347)
    Having pretty good success wrapping Baby SAP, aka SAP Business One in WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) through the SAP B1 DI API then consuming the resulting WCF IIS service through BCS (Business Connectivity Services) in SharePoint 2010, architecturally a very secure solution thats scalable to the cloud ie. SAP B1 on premise and SharePoint Online in cloud , and it just works !, especially when you present the required Business screens via forms server based InfoPath froms and handle the business logic via WF (Workflow Foundation) SharePoint workflow .... actually haven't seen anyone else do this and its very Elegant, I would recommend ... obiously there is Duet Enterprise for the big SAP R3 version and SharePoint, but less common than B1
    • by Anonymous Coward


      You must work for a consulting firm, only a consultant would think that solution is Elegant.

      I re-used part of my existing two factor authentication infrastructure as the gatekeeper to my Web based SAP installation. All of my SAP infrastructure is available to my employees and/or clients and you couldn't get to it, even if I told you how. None of the security companies have been able to defeat the gatekeeper, even with credentials. The best things, no additional costs or additional infrastructure t

  • SAP is horrible (Score:5, Informative)

    by Mabhatter ( 126906 ) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @10:53PM (#40425765)

    All the pieces and parts are hard enough to keep running on a good day. Thing takes weekly downtime just to cycle modules....even simple patches shut your business users out for hours. Upgrading your version and OS shuts your business down for a week just to properly test. Sure you can use Dev boxes an HA, but you have to have ALL the users PROVE IT WORKS. So you waste terrible amounts of their TIME the could be selling stuff!!

    And of course, SAP doesn't INSTALL anything THEMSELVES. You have to use some fly-by-night third party. So just like Microsoft, it's YOUR fault when you didn't include hiring an extra $1m per year in employees to run the thing and use all the "secret settings" after they all leave you.

  • by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @10:57PM (#40425795)

    The only exception is completely isolated networks. But even those are vulnerable, even if you shoot people that breach the security. Just ask the Iranians about that.

    Thinking that anything visible in parts of a corporate LAN is not reachable over the Internet is stupid and highly incompetent. Of course, you can have very tight network security and very isolated LAN segments. But until you invested a lot of effort and had competent external review of the security measures and have no direct reachability from the general LAN, that is not really going to help either.

    What I strongly suspect here is just stupid management not willing to invest any money to even find out whether they have a problem. The general rule is that anything has to be considered insecure unless proven otherwise, not the other way round. Just stupidity, incompetence and greed, as usual. This high level of exposure is no surprise to any competent security expert.

  • I know of at least one large company that thinks giving potential applicants a login on their SAP installation to "streamline the application process" is a good idea. Through a public-facing SAP web front-end.

    How I know? I tried to apply there. Got rejected by some faceless jerk behind a SAP terminal somewhere far away, then needed HR to play helpdesk because removing my details from the system didn't work as promised. Think of it as an exit interview by email before you've even started.

    Of course that syste

  • This might explain why they make it so ridiculously difficult to download the SAPGui. There was a time when they had it available on their FTP site. Now you need a OSS ID just to download the GUI. Of course the OSS ID supplied through my employer doesn't allow me to download and install the GUI. Thus, each time I get a new laptop it's a regular pain in the butt to get the latest version installed. Just let me download the damn thing already! If anybody knows if a simple easy place to download the latest SA
  • I haven't used SAP but I have implemented other enterprise software systems. Any enterprise system can fall out of compliance for various reasons. If even one component is unpatched (server OS, database, web server, etc.) then the whole system becomes potentially vulnerable. Sometimes customers delay apply patches. The complexity of these systems require a massive amount of regression testing whenever you change something. Many customers make the mistake of thinking that the work is done once the system goe
    • by Rich0 ( 548339 )

      At my employer I was walking through the office area that was doing much of the SAP work. There was a sign for change management pointing to a big cube farm. They needed an army of people just to juggle bug statuses.

      • A lot of that depends on the implementer. If your company is unfortunate enough to have Accenture, Deloitte or IBM there then I can guarantee you that at least half the team is right out of college with little or no SAP experience. You will find them tucked away in the back somewhere. The client will probably have no interaction with them. The few experienced people will get all the face time with the client. Meanwhile, the youngsters will be training on SAP on your nickel. At $200/hr or more. This sort of

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