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More than 36 organizations—some in the gas, telecommunications, and steel manufacturing industries—have been breached by attackers exploiting a vulnerability in older SAP business applications that gives them remote access to highly confidential data, the US government-sponsored CERT warned Wednesday.
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SAP enterprise applications play a mission-critical role at countless organizations around the world, yet relatively little is discussed about the potential consequences of successful cyberattacks on these apps.
SAP has dismissed concerns about security flaws in its HANA platform, but acknowledges there are gaps in customers' understanding about how they can benefit from S/4 HANA.
Senior executives from the German software vendor gathered at the SAP HANA Forum held here Tuesday, where they provided an update on user adoption of the in-memory database.
Hard on the heels of the release of a newly updated version of SAP Hana, a security researcher has warned of a potentially serious vulnerability in the in-memory platform.
"If an attacker can exploit this vulnerability, he can get access to all encrypted data stored in an SAP Hana database," said Alexander Polyakov, CTO with ERPScan, which presented the details Thursday at the Black Hat Sessions XIII conference in the Netherlands.
Enterprise resource planning systems are the unexplored continent of vulnerability research, in spite of the fact that these massive, critical business systems support the inner workings of many large corporations and IT organizations.
A recent run of bugs in SAP, and a presentation at this week’s Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam, however, could turn the tide and open some eyes to ERP security issues.