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Oracle Text SQL injection vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#150332

Original Release Date: 2006-01-25 | Last Revised: 2006-03-17


Oracle Text is vulnerable to SQL injection, which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary SQL commands on a vulnerable Oracle installation.


According to Oracle:

Oracle Text uses standard SQL to index, search, and analyze text and documents stored in the Oracle database, in files, and on the web. Oracle Text can perform linguistic analysis on documents, as well as search text using a variety of strategies including keyword searching, context queries, Boolean operations, pattern matching, mixed thematic queries, HTML/XML section searching, and so on.
Oracle Text fails to properly filter user-supplied input. This may allow a remote attacker to insert arbitrary SQL commands that may be executed by the database. We believe that this package is accessible by users with PUBLIC privileges.

Based on research into public information, we believe that this issue is Oracle vuln# DB15 in the Oracle CPU for January 2006. However, there is not sufficient information to authoritatively relate Oracle vulnerability information to information provided by other parties.


A remote attacker may be able to execute SQL queries on a server, possibly with elevated privileges. As a result, attackers may be able to view or modify the contents of an Oracle database.


Apply patches
This issue is corrected in the Oracle Critical Patch Update for January 2006.

Vendor Information


Oracle Corporation Affected

Updated:  January 25, 2006



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


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This vulnerability was reported in the Oracle Critical Patch Update for January 2006. Information in this document came from Oracle, Alexander Kornbrust of Red-database Security, and Integrigy.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0260
Severity Metric: 6.02
Date Public: 2006-01-17
Date First Published: 2006-01-25
Date Last Updated: 2006-03-17 16:00 UTC
Document Revision: 12

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