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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   SAP Internet Communication Manager Vendors:   SAP
SAP Internet Communication Manager Lets Remote Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018336
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-3615   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 6 2008
Original Entry Date:  Jul 6 2007
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in SAP Internet Communication Manager. A remote user can cause denial of service conditions.

When the application is configured as a web cache, a remote user can a send specially crafted URL to cause the target 'ICMAN.exe' service to crash.

A URL of 264 bytes can cause the service to crash.

The vendor was notified on January 11, 2007.

Mark Litchfield of NGSSoftware Insight Security Research discovered this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can cause the target service to crash.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Exception handling error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Internet Communication Manager Denial Of Service Attack

Name: Internet Communication Manager Denial Of Service Attack
Release Date:  5 July 2007
Reference: NGS00484
Discover: Mark Litchfield <>
Vendor: SAP
Vendor Reference: SECRES-287
Systems Affected: Confirmed on Windows (unconfirmed on *NIX)
Risk: High
Status: Fixed

Discovered:  3 January 2007
Released: 19 January 2007
Approved: 29 January 2007
Reported: 11 January 2007
Fixed:  2 May 2007

Internet Communication Manager ensures communication between the SAP Web
Application Server with the WWW using the HTTP, HTTPS and SMTP protocols.
ICM is part of the SAP Web Application Server and is implemented as an
independent process (ICMAN.exe) and is started and monitored by the

The Internet Communication Manager also offers the ICM Server Cache as
part of its functionality, using the ICM server cache increases
performance considerably.  The ICM server cache (also known as the
Internet Server Cache saves HTTP(S) objects before they are sent back to
the requesting client.  The next time an object is requested, the
application gets the contents directly from the cache before sending it to
the client.

However, it is possible to configure the Web dispatcher to act as a web
cache.  For more information visit -

A method by which to determine if the Internet Communication Manager is
acting as the web cache, we can make the following request:


An error will be returned:

500 Internal Server Error


Error: -15
Version: 7010
Component: HTTP_CACHE
Date/Time: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Module: http_cache.c
Line: 2640
Server: Target_JP1_01
Error Tag: {-}
Detail: Object not found (key='ngs')

Technical Details
By passing a URI of 264 bytes the ICMAN.exe process terminates.  This
includes the length of the requested file, the file extension, the ?, the
paramter 'sap-isc-key=' and the value.

This is an very effective Denial of Service attack within a SAP

Fix Information
Please ensure you have the latest version

NGSSoftware Insight Security Research
+44(0)208 401 0070 


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