Vulnerability Note VU#953746

Oracle9i Database contains remotely exploitable buffer overflow in "ORACLE.EXE"

Original Release date: 18 Feb 2003 | Last revised: 19 Feb 2003

Overview

A remotely exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability exists in Oracle9i Database.

Description

A buffer overflow vulnerability exists on all platforms in the following versions of Oracle9i Database:

  • Oracle9i Database Release 2
  • 9i Release 1
  • 8i
  • 8.1.7
  • 8.0.6
The buffer overflow exists in a portion of code responsible for processing authentication requests to the Oracle Database Server. By sending an overly large username, a remote attacker may be able to overwrite a buffer, resulting in the ability to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the vulnerable process. This process typically runs as "Oracle" on Linux and UNIX hosts and as "Local System" on Windows systems. Oracle has published Oracle Security Alert #51 regarding this issue.

Impact

A remote attacker may be able to overwrite a buffer, resulting in the ability to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the vulnerable process. This process typically runs as "Oracle" on Linux and UNIX hosts and as "Local System" on Windows systems.

Solution

Oracle has published Oracle Security Alert #51 regarding this issue. Patches for this vulnerability are available from Metalink (the Oracle Worldwide Support Services web site).

Workarounds

Until a patch can be applied, the CERT/CC recommends that vulnerable sites

  • disable unnecessary Oracle services
  • run Oracle services with the least privilege
  • restrict network access to Oracle services

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Oracle CorporationAffected-17 Feb 2003
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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References

Credit

This vulnerability was discovered by Mark Litchfield (mark@ngssoftware.com) of Next Generation Security Software Ltd. The CERT/CC thanks both Next Generation Security Software Ltd and Oracle for providing information upon which this document is based.

This document was written by Ian A Finlay.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 11 Feb 2003
  • Date First Published: 18 Feb 2003
  • Date Last Updated: 19 Feb 2003
  • Severity Metric: 36.00
  • Document Revision: 13

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