Vulnerability Note VU#278971

Oracle 9i Application Server does not adequately handle requests for nonexistent JSP files thereby disclosing web folder path information

Original Release date: 06 Mar 2002 | Last revised: 06 Mar 2002


Oracle 9i Application Servers (Oracle 9iAS) contain a default error page that can be used to find the physical path of files on the system.


Oracle 9iAS will display a default error page when a nonexistent ".jsp" file is specified. In the body of this page is the entire local path of the file on the server. This could pose privacy and security risks. An attacker could use this information to extrapolate the location of other files on the victim's machine, and use this information in conjunction with another vulnerability.


An intruder can gain sensitive information about a server's directory and file structure.


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In Oracle's alert "Oracle Unintended JSP Execution Vulnerability" (pdf), Oracle recommends:

    "Ensure that the virtual path in a URL is different from the actual directory path when using Oracle Apache/JServ. Also, do not use the <servletzonepath> directory in "ApJServMount <servletzonepath> <servletzone>" to store data or files."

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
OracleAffected08 Feb 200206 Mar 2002
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Our thanks to KK Mookhey <>, who discovered this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jason Rafail.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 17 Sep 2001
  • Date First Published: 06 Mar 2002
  • Date Last Updated: 06 Mar 2002
  • Severity Metric: 22.50
  • Document Revision: 10


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