According to recent investment reports from the German SAP User Group (DSAG), up to 80 percent of the companies it surveyed intend to migrate their SAP systems to S/4HANA in the next several years. Certainly a bold endeavor. To minimize internal effort, the recommendation is to eliminate legacy issues – for example ABAP custom code – before the migration takes place.
The Gateway is a central communication component of an SAP system. As such, it is an attractive target for hacker attacks – and should receive corresponding protections. If the Gateway protections fall short, hacking it becomes child’s play. Despite this, system interfaces are often left out when securing IT systems. Should a cyberattack occur, this will give the perpetrators direct access to your sensitive SAP systems.
C/4HANA is the name of the newest product in the SAP portfolio. The company based in Walldorf, Germany, promises nothing less than a revolution of customer experience. But is C/4HANA secure? And what does “C/4HANA” mean, anyway?
It’s probably too early to sum up the state of SAP security in 2018. Then again, fall is the season for events such as the DSAG Annual Congress (German SAP User Group), which just ended in Leipzig. It is at conferences and trade fairs like this that you get a chance to find out exactly what is on the minds of SAP customers. As a result, it isn’t too soon to get a reading of the security issues that are considered important in the SAP environment.
Almost all companies fine-tune their SAP systems with custom developments, but in doing so, they often expose themselves to severe security flaws. In particular, forgotten code that was only needed for a short time or has since been rendered obsolete by SAP’s own enhancements presents a further avenue for attacks.
AKQUINET’s analyses show that up to 90% of ABAP code is no longer used. Frequently written for one-time situations and neglected ever since, such programming offers an ideal back door for hacking and other forms of manipulation.
Time and again, we’ve seen subpar handling of risk resolution in practice for RFC interfaces, with no guarantee for maintaining proper and secure operating conditions.
In today’s practical tip, we give you a step-by-step explanation of how you can secure your SAP gateways against unauthorized calls.
To answer the question of which Security & Compliance check is right for you, we must first remember that the term “vulnerabilities” can refer to very different levels of your system landscape and thus refer to a number of attack vectors.
This ranges from system-side levels (e.g. operating system and network security) to the underlying database including the current parameterization of your SAP systems down to the authorizations required for operations and applications, including any SoD conflicts.
So, the first question is – how sure are you that you know where your vulnerabilities are? Continue reading
Takeda’s twin objectives were to accelerate and simplify its authorization assignment process while deploying a tool that was simultaneously capable of providing vulnerability monitoring for its SAP backend worldwide. Continue reading
The addition “WITH HEADER LINE” has technically been unnecessary going back several SAP versions now. This is because the statement declares both internal tables and an additional data object – the header line.
There are a large number of notes that spread awareness that the use of this statement causes various content problems. Among other things, the use of the same name means that it is not immediately apparent as to whether you are working on a table or a header line.
However, what the notes typically do not warn you about is that this kind of programming goes hand in hand with security problems for your SAP systems.
In many SAP systems, there are RFC connections which address strange hostnames or even point to Amazon servers. This is due to the fact that SAP transports “RFC data garbage” from its own development computers to the customer during new installations.
Read our practical tip to discover the connections which this affects.