PT-2012-61: XML External Entities Injection in SAP Sybase ASE

Vulnerable software

SAP Sybase ASE
Version: 15.7 ESD 2 and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: File System Access 
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 4.0
Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)

CVE: CVE-2013-6025

Software description

SAP Sybase ASE is a relative database management system developed by SAP.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected an XML External Entities Injection vulnerability in SAP Sybase ASE.

The vulnerability was detected in the xmlparse procedure in SAP Sybase ASE. Using a specially crafted SQL request, unprivileged user is able to read arbitrary files with privileges of the user that run ASE.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

27.12.2012 - Vulnerability details were sent to CERT
10.09.2013 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
24.10.2013 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Igor Bulatenko, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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