SAP Web Dispatcher suffers from an HTTP request smuggling vulnerability.
advisories | CVE-2021-38162
# Onapsis Security Advisory 2022-0001: HTTP Request Smuggling in SAP Web
## Impact on Business
By injecting an HTTP request as a prefix into a victim's request, a
is able to cause damage in different ways, such as producing a Denial of
setting an invalid request as a prefix.
It is also possible to inject a valid prefixed request that will include the
victim's information from its original request. This can be leveraged to
malicious requests with the victim's credentials or information, or even
HTTP smuggling can also be combined with other vulnerabilities such as a
reflected content (not vulnerability by itself), by injecting a request to
vulnerable application/web page as a prefix. If the attacker is able to set
prefix of the victim request and also knows a reflected XSS (it can also
other content reflection), then the response will include a malicious
will be executed on the victim's browser.
This vulnerability is also useful to perform Web Cache Poisoning.
The HTTP caches in the different layers will see valid requests for which
should be stored (considered static), but the actual request is modified by
of the attacker to retrieve another resource, which should not be stored in
As an example, if a user requests an image, the server will probably cache
the response as
the resource is static. However, if this request is prefixed by another
returns sensible data, such as personal information, then this response
will be stored
in the cache. Therefore, when the attacker requests the same image, all the
personal information will be retrieved.
Finally, a critical information disclosure could end up in session
hijacking and further
attacks. This can be performed by combining HTTP Desynchronization with
Open Redirect, and
use the victim's request as the parameter of the redirect location. This
would force the
victim to send its original request to the attacker, including critical
data such as session
cookies or query parameters.
## Advisory Information
- Public Release Date: 04/05/2022
- Security Advisory ID: ONAPSIS-2022-0001
- Researcher(s): Martin Doyhenard, Yvan Genuer
## Vulnerability Information
- Vendor: SAP
- Affected Components:
- KRNL64NUC 7.22, 7.22EXT, 7.49
- KRNL64UC 7.22, 7.22EXT, 7.49, 7.53
- WEBDISP 7.53, 7.77, 7.81
- KERNEL 7.22, 7.49, 7.53, 7.77, 7.81, 7.83
(Check SAP Note 3080567 for detailed information on affected releases)
- Vulnerability Class: CWE-444
- CVSS v3 score: 8.9 AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:L
- Risk Level: High
- Assigned CVE: CVE-2021-38162
- Vendor patch Information: SAP Security NOTE 3080567
## Affected Components Description
The SAP Web dispatcher works as a frontend server between the Internet and
one or more
backend systems. Which consists of one or more SAP Netweaver ABAP, SAP
JAVA, SAP HANA, as well as third party application servers.
## Vulnerability Details
An HTTP desynchronization vulnerability, TE.CL type is present in SAP Web
Dispatcher if the parameter ```wdisp/HTTP/use_pool_for_new_conn``` is
Pool connection related SAP Note :
* 2007212 - Tuning SAP Web Dispatcher and ICM for high load
* 953784 - SAP Web Dispatcher Connection Pooling
If an attacker sends both HTTP headers "Content-Length" (CL) and
"Transfer-Encoding" (TE) in the same HTTP request, the SAP Webdispatcher
processes the TE header and treats the message body as using chunked
This request is forwarded on to the SAP system ICM service, which processes
the CL header and determines the body size with it. The rest of the request
left unprocessed and the ICM will treat it as being the start of the next
in the sequence.
This can be leveraged to gain control of requests issued by other users, and
even obtain sensitive information by retrieving the victim's requests and
SAP has released SAP Note 3080567 which provides patched versions of the
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.
## Report Timeline
- 07/12/2021: Onapsis sends details to SAP
- 07/12/2021: SAP provides internal ID
- 08/09/2021: Vulnerability in progress
- 09/14/2021: SAP releases SAP Note fixing the issue.
- 05/04/2022: Advisory Published
- Onapsis blogpost:
- CVE Mitre:
- Vendor Patch:
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