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SAP Patches Critical Vulnerability in PowerDesigner Product

SAP has fixed over a dozen new vulnerabilities with its Patch Tuesday updates, including a critical flaw in its PowerDesigner product.

German software giant SAP has fixed more than a dozen new vulnerabilities with its August 2023 Patch Tuesday updates, including a critical flaw affecting the company’s PowerDesigner data modeling and enterprise architecture product.

SAP released 16 new patches and updated several previously released fixes.

The critical (HotNews) PowerDesigner flaw, tracked as CVE-2023-37483, is an improper access control issue that can be exploited by an unauthenticated attacker to run arbitrary queries against the backend database, according to business application security firm Onapsis

Onapsis noted that the same update also fixes a medium-severity password disclosure issue in SAP PowerDesigner. 

SAP has also informed customers about a patch for CVE-2023-36923, a high-severity code injection vulnerability in PowerDesigner. 

“The patched Code Injection vulnerability is tagged with a CVSS score of 7.8 and allows an attacker with local access to the system to place a malicious library that can be executed by the application,” Onapsis explained. “After a successful exploit, attackers can control the behavior of the application. This only affects customers who are using a bundle of SAP SQL Analyzer for PowerDesigner 17 and SAP PowerDesigner 16.7 SP06 PL03.”

SAP has also highlighted CVE-2023-37490, a binary hijack flaw in the BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Suite that “allows attackers to compromise system integrity and confidentiality”, as well as CVE-2023-39437, an XSS vulnerability in SAP Business One.

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Security holes have also been addressed in S/4HANA, NetWeaver AS ABAP, Message Server, Host Agent, Netweaver Process Integration, Commerce and Commerce Cloud, SAP Supplier Relationship Management, and ECC.

SAP product vulnerabilities have been known to be exploited by threat actors, which is why it’s important that organizations review the latest patches and take action as necessary. 

CISA’s Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog currently includes four SAP flaws that have been exploited in the wild. 

Related: Details Disclosed for Critical SAP Vulnerabilities, Including Wormable Exploit Chain

Related: SAP Patches Critical Vulnerability in ECC and S/4HANA Products

Related: Threat Actors Quick to Target (Patched) SAP Vulnerabilities

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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