Published on April 7th, 2021 📆 | 6930 Views ⚑0
SAP Host Control Local Privilege Escalation ≈ Packet Storm
LPE through SAP Host Control
## Impact on Business
A malicious authenticated attacker, with privileges of SAP SMD Agent
access, can exploit
certain SAP Host Control functions due to missing input checking, in order
to escalate its
privileges and execute commands as root/system user.
## Advisory Information
– Security Advisory ID: ONAPSIS-2021-0002
– Vulnerability Submission ID: 802, 803, 804
– Researcher(s): Pablo Artuso, Yvan Genuer
## Vulnerability Information
– Vendor: SAP
– Affected Components:
– SAPHOSTAGENT 7.21 SP045 and lower
(Check SAP Note 2902645 for detailed information on affected releases)
– Vulnerability Class: [CWE-78] Improper Neutralization of Special Elements
in an OS Command
– CVSS v3 score: 7.2 (AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)
– Risk Level: High
– Assigned CVE: CVE-2020-6234
– Vendor patch Information: SAP Security NOTE 2902645
## Affected Components Description
The SAP Host Agent is an agent which allows controlling and monitoring SAP
and non-SAP instances.
## Vulnerability Details
Some processes part of the SAP Host Agent run as root. This product is
automatically when a new SAP system is installed. In order to expose its
the SAP Host Agent provides a SOAP interface, on ports 1128 or 1129 (TLS).
Every function exposed by this service requires high privileges.
If an attacker gets privileges of SAP SMD Agent OS user, it will be able to
the Host Agents’ exposed SOAP interface, allowing them to execute any
of a lack of sanitization of certain parameters, several exposed functions
to OS command injection. As some of these functions are executed with
it is possible to perform a local privilege escalation from SAP SMD Agent
user to root/system.
SAP has released SAP Note 2902645 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
– 12/09/2019 – Onapsis provides details to SAP
– 01/12/2020 – SAP provides update: “Vulnerability in progress”.
– 02/10/2020 – SAP provides update: “Vulnerability in progress”.
– 03/09/2020 – SAP Provides update: “Vulnerability In progress”.
– 04/13/2020 – SAP releases SAP Security note addressing the issue.
– Onapsis blogpost:
– Black Hat 2020 presentation (white paper, slides and video):
– CVE Mitre: https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2020-6234
– Vendor Patch: https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2902645
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