SugarCRM (portal_get_related_notes) SQL Injection Vulnerability

• Software Link:

• Affected Versions:

All versions prior to and

• Vulnerability Description:

The vulnerability is located within the SOAP API, specifically into the “portal_get_related_notes()” SOAP function. User input passed through the “order_by” parameter isn’t properly sanitized before being used to construct an “ORDER BY” clause of a SQL query from within the “get_notes_in_contacts()” or “get_notes_in_module()” functions. This can be exploited by Portal API Users to e.g. read sensitive data from the database through time-based SQL injection attacks.

• Solution:

Update to versions,, or later.

• Disclosure Timeline:

[13/10/2017] – Vendor notified
[28/03/2018] – Fixed versions released and security advisory published
[31/12/2018] – Publication of this advisory

• CVE Reference:

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (
has not assigned a CVE identifier for this vulnerability.

• Credits:

Vulnerability discovered by Egidio Romano.

• Other References: