Onapsis Security Advisory 2014-031: SAP Business Objects Information
Disclosure via CORBA
1. Impact on Business
By exploiting this vulnerability a remote unauthenticated attacker would
be able to obtain information about the system that could be used to
further specialize attacks against the Business Objects platform.
Risk Level: Low
2. Advisory Information
- - Public Release Date: 2014-10-08
- - Subscriber Notification Date: 2014-10-08
- - Last Revised: 2014-09-17
- - Security Advisory ID: ONAPSIS-2014-031
- - Onapsis SVS ID: ONAPSIS-00091
- - Researcher: Will Vandevanter
- - Initial Base CVSS v2: 3.5 (AV:N/AC:M/AU:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)
3. Vulnerability Information
- - Vendor: SAP
- - Affected Components:
- SAP BussinessObjects Edge 4.0
(Check SAP Note 1998990 for detailed information on affected releases)
- - Vulnerability Class: Improper Authorization (CWE-285)
- - Remotely Exploitable: Yes
- - Locally Exploitable: No
- - Authentication Required: Yes
- - Detection Module available in Onapsis X1: Yes
- - BizRisk Illustration Module available in Onapsis X1: Yes
- - Original Advisory:
4. Affected Components Description
Business Objects is part of the Business Intelligence platform from SAP.
It has components that provide performance management, planning,
reporting, query and analysis and enterprise information management.
Every Business Objects installation provides a web service to interact
with different platform services.
5. Vulnerability Details
Business Objects CORBA listeners include the ability to run
unauthenticated InfoStore queries via CORBA. Although some authorization
is enforced, it is possible to obtain a considerable amount of
information by making requests to the InfoStore via CORBA.
SAP has released SAP Note 1998990 which provide patched versions of the
The patches can be downloaded from
Onapsis strongly recommends SAP customers to download the related
security fixes and apply them to the affected components in order to
reduce business risks.
7. Report Timeline
2014-01-16: Onapsis provides vulnerability information to SAP AG.
2014-01-17: SAP confirms having the information of vulnerability.
2014-06-10: SAP releases security patches.
2014-10-08: Onapsis notifies availability of security advisory.
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