usd-2018-0013 | Lexware Professional 2017 /Version 17.02

Advisory ID: usd-2018-0013
CVE Number: N/A
Affected Product: Lexware Professional 2017
Affected Version: Version 17.02
Vulnerability Type: Improper Access Control
Security Risk: Critical
Vendor URL:
Vendor Status: Fixed


Access control enforces policy such that users cannot act outside of their intended permissions. Failures typically lead to unauthorized information disclosure, modification or destruction of all data, or performing a business function outside of the limits of the user.

The Lexware client communicates with the underlying database with a default account. The application relies on a database (Sybase, SQL Anywhere) for storing relevant data. It is possible to connect directly to the database with the default credentials provided in the proof of concept section. The key factor to be highlighted at this point is not just the existence of hardcoded database credentials, but also the unavailability of alternate options to change the credentials required to connect to the database. In plain words, an attacker could connect to any existing Lexware database.

Proof of Concept 

Generic example case:

public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
ConnectionManager.setProxy((Proxy) null);
ConnectionManager.setCompression((byte) 0);
ConnectionManager.setEncryption((byte) 2);

ServerConnection c = (ServerConnection) ConnectionManager.getConnection("", 8000, 1, "user", "password");

UserManager userManager = c.getManager(UserManager.class);
UserDTO admin = userManager.getAdminUser();


Access to sensitive functions should be avoided. Necessary access should be protected by authentication and a global access control explicitly.


  • 2018-04-04 First contact request via
  • 2018-04-24 Send vulnerabilities to vendor
  • 2018-05-15 Vendor releases a patch to fix the vulnerabilities
  • 2018-07-06 Security advisory released


This security vulnerabilities were found by Sebastian Puttkammer of usd AG.