# Onapsis Security Advisory 2021-0016: XXE in SAP JAVA NetWeaver System
## Impact on Business
A high-privileged SAP JAVA NetWeaver user is able to abuse an XXE
with the goal of reading files from the OS (compromising confidentiality)
making system processes crash (compromising availability).
## Advisory Information
- Public Release Date: 11/22/2021
- Security Advisory ID: ONAPSIS-2021-0016
- Researcher(s): Pablo Artuso
## Vulnerability Information
- Vendor: SAP
- Affected Components:
- ESP framework (SAP JAVA)
(Check SAP Note 3053066 for detailed information on affected releases)
- Vulnerability Class: CWE-611: Improper Restriction of XML External Entity
- CVSS v3 score: 8.7 (AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:L/A:H)
- Risk Level: High
- Assigned CVE: CVE-2021-27635
- Vendor patch Information: SAP Security NOTE 3053066
## Affected Components Description
The ESP framework is a framework used inside SAP JAVA NetWeaver. Due to
part of this foundational layer, every SAP product based on JAVA NetWeaver
be vulnerable to this attack. This includes: SAP SolMan, SAP LaMa, SAP CRM,
just to mention a few.
## Vulnerability Details
The Communication Profiles functionality provided within SAP JAVA
vulnerable to XXE attacks. Due to the lack of validation of external
an authenticated attacker is able to submit specially crafted XML and
the integrity (by reading files of the OS) and the availability (by causing
SAP has released SAP Note 3053066 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.
## Report Timeline
- 04/22/2021 - Onapsis sends details to SAP
- 04/23/2021 - SAP provides internal tracking ID 2170134834
- 04/26/2021 - SAP provides the following email:
- 05/10/2021 - SAP provides update: Vulnerability being fixed
- 06/08/2021 - SAP releases patch #3053066
- 11/22/2021 - Advisory published
- Onapsis blogpost: https://onapsis.com/de/node/3651
- CVE Mitre: https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2021-27635
- Vendor Patch: https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/3053066
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