Heartbleed is a vulnerability that affects hardware and software vendors and their customers. In the blog article referenced below, author Gert Schroeter stated that, “The vulnerability could potentially allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to retrieve memory from a connected client or server, using an Open SSL library. Due to a missing bounds check in the handling of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) heartbeat extension, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability.” As a result, the disclosed parts could contain sensitive information.
SAP takes any threat to security seriously. Upon learning of the Heartbleed security issue, SAP started an evaluation process to determine which and how product lines could be affected. As a variety of applications require extensive review, the evaluation process is on-going.
Background: the SSL/TLS protocol is used to encrypt communication between server and client of SAP HANA. In order to encrypt the client-server connection for JDBC/ODBC access of SAP HANA, customers can choose to use an alternative, OpenSSL, as opposed to the CommonCryptoLib recommended by SAP.
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