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Onapsis Security Advisory ONAPSIS-2015-004: SAP Business Objects
Unauthorized Audit Information Delete via CORBA
1. Impact on Business
By exploiting this vulnerability a remote unauthenticated attacker would be
able to delete auditing information of the remote system.
This way, the attacker could perform malicious activities without being
Risk Level: High
2. Advisory Information
- - Public Release Date: 2015-02-25
- - Subscriber Notification Date: 2015-02-25
- - Last Revised: 2015-02-25
- - Security Advisory ID: ONAPSIS-2015-004
- - Onapsis SVS ID: ONAPSIS-00112
- - CVE: CVE-2015-2075
- - Researcher: Will Vandevanter
- - Initial Base CVSS v2: 6.4 (AV:N/AC:L/AU:N/C:N/I:P/A:P)
3. Vulnerability Information
- - Vendor: SAP
- - Affected Components:
- BussinessObjects Edge 4.0
(Check SAP Note 2011396 for detailed information on affected releases)
- - Vulnerability Class: Improper Authorization (CWE-285)
- - Remotely Exploitable: Yes
- - Locally Exploitable: No
- - Authentication Required: No
- - 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
It is possible for an unauthenticated user to remove audit events from a
remote BusinessObjects service using CORBA. Specifically, the attacker
can tell the remote service (i.e. the auditee) to clear an event from
it's queue. After the event is removed from the auditee queue, the
auditor will never have knowledge of the event and, hence, it will not
be written to the Audit database. An attacker can use this to hide their
actions. By default, the auditor polls all auditees every 5 minutes to
ask for events in their queue.
Note, this vulnerability does not allow an attacker to remove events
already written to the database. It only allows events waiting in the
auditee queue to be removed. The clearData CORBA operation is used to
remove the event; authentication is not required.
SAP has released SAP Note 2011396 which provides 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.
2014-02-17: SAP confirms having the information of vulnerability.
2014-10-14: SAP releases security patches.
2015-02-25: Onapsis releases security advisory.
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