PT-2016-18: Directory Traversal in SAP NetWeaver

Vulnerable software

SAP NetWeaver
Version: 7.x


Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Arbitrary File Upload
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v3:
Base Score: 5.9
Vector: (AV:N/AC:H/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:H)

CVE: not assigned

Software description

SAP NetWeaver is a service-oriented integration platform and is the technical foundation for many SAP applications since the SAP Business Suite.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Directory Traversal vulnerability in SAP NetWeaver.

The vulnerability was found in the "Log Viewer" component. The attacker can upload malformed archive that contains files with special characters in their names. When the Web Application unpack the archive it resolves symbols "." and "/" as part of correct file path, so the Path Traversal attack can be revealed and attacker's file will be uploaded into the arbitrary place in server's file system.
Uploaded files represent a significant risk to applications. The consequences of unrestricted file upload can vary, including complete system takeover, an overloaded file system or database, forwarding attacks to back-end systems, and simple defacement.

How to fix

Use vendor's advisory:
SAP Security Note 2370876

Advisory status

15.09.2016 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
10.01.2017 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
13.04.2017 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Mikhail Klyuchnikov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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About Positive Technologies

Positive Technologies is a leading provider of vulnerability assessment, compliance management and threat analysis solutions to more than 1,000 global enterprise clients. Our solutions work seamlessly across your entire business: securing applications in development; assessing your network and application vulnerabilities; assuring compliance with regulatory requirements; and blocking real-time attacks. Our commitment to clients and research has earned Positive Technologies a reputation as one of the foremost authorities on SCADA, Banking, Telecom, Web Application and ERP security, and distinction as the #1 fastest growing Security and Vulnerability Management firm in 2012, as shown in an IDC report*. To learn more about Positive Technologies please visit

*Source: IDC Worldwide Security and Vulnerability Management 2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares, doc #242465, August 2013. Based on year-over-year revenue growth in 2012 for vendors with revenues of $20M+