Nvidia takes customer site offline after SAP bug found

The three-year-old flaw in NetWeaver could have allowed access to other critical business software

Graphics chipmaker Nvidia took a customer service website offline Wednesday following a public report of a vulnerability in its SAP-powered backend.

The affected website, https://nvcare.nvidia.com, uses SAP's NetWeaver, which is a framework that underpins many SAP business applications. The NetWeaver vulnerability is close to three years old and has been patched by SAP, but it appears Nvidia didn't apply the fix.

The finder of the vulnerability is simply listed as a person going by the nickname "Finger," based in China. According to the bug report, Finger notified Nvidia on Nov. 21. The status of the bug is listed as "unable to contact the vendor or actively neglected by the vendor" and notes that it was publicly released on Jan. 5.

Nvidia said in a statement it learned of the issue on Wednesday and shut the site down until it is fixed.

"At this point, we have no evidence that customer data was compromised," wrote Bob Sherbin of Nvidia's corporate communications, in an email. "We are continuing to investigate the matter.

The report was posted on a Chinese vulnerability forum, WooYun.org, and reposted on Full Disclosure, a widely read vulnerability forum.

The vulnerability would allow an unauthenticated hacker to remotely take full control of the SAP NetWeaver portal platform, said Mariano Nunez, CEO of Onapsis, a Boston-based company that specializes in SAP security.

"This includes the ability to create an attacker-controlled administrator user, execute operating systems commands and take the entire system offline," he said via email. "Many SAP NetWeaver Portal systems are directly connected to the Internet. This means anyone from a foreign country can remotely exploit this issue."

Once NetWeaver is compromised, an attacker could then get access to ERP, CRM, supply chain or business intelligence systems, Nunez said.

SAP has undertaken a campaign to improve the security of its products over the past few years. But security researchers note that many of its customers fail to maintain the software, which exposes them to attacks that could compromise confidential information.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags securitynvidiaExploits / vulnerabilitiesOnapsis

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?