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Critical 01/26/2022 SAP Enterprise Portal

SAP Enterprise Portal - XSLT injection


This XSLT vulnerability allows an unprivileged authenticated attacker to execute an OS command as SAP administrator OS-level (sidadm). This results in a full compromise of the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the system.


SAP Enterprise Portal is a web frontend component for SAP Netweaver.

Affected components:

  • ENGINEAPI 7.10
  • ENGINEAPI 7.30
  • ENGINEAPI 7.31
  • ENGINEAPI 7.40
  • ENGINEAPI 7.50

(Check SAP Note 3081888 for detailed information on affected releases)


The XSLT Engine of the SAP Portal application com.sapportals.wcm.repository.filter does not correctly handle malicious xslt injection type. With a low privilege user, it is possible to trigger the xslt engine to use an xsl file owned by the attacker.

Privileges required for this attack :

  • User groups : Authenticated Users, Everyone
  • User roles : None



SAP has released SAP Note 3081888 which provides patched versions of the affected components.

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.


  • 06/28/2021: Onapsis sends details to SAP
  • 06/28/2021: SAP provides internal ID
  • 09/14/2021: SAP releases SAP Note fixing the issue.


Advisory Information

  • Public Release Date: 01/26/2022
  • Security Advisory ID: ONAPSIS-2021-0026
  • Vulnerability Submission ID: 889
  • Researcher(s): Yvan Genuer

Vulnerability Information

  • Vendor: SAP
  • Vulnerability Class: CWE-138: Improper Neutralization of Special Elements
  • CVSS v3 score: 9.9 AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H 
  • Severity: Critical
  • CVE: CVE-2021-37531
  • Vendor patch Information: SAP Security Note 3081888


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