Oracle9i Application Server (iAS) provides a Procedural Language/Structured Query Language (PL/SQL) application (package) called OWA_UTIL that provides web access to a number of stored procedures. These procedures could be used by an attacker to view the source code of PL/SQL applications, obtain credentials and access to other database servers, and run SQL queries on accessible database servers.
David Litchfield of NGSSoftware has released a paper titled Hackproofing Oracle Application Server that describes a number of security issues in Oracle's PL/SQL system. This document addresses a problem in which a number of procedures in the OWA_UTIL PL/SQL application disclose sensitive information.
Quoting from Hackproofing:
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could use procedures provided by OWA_UTIL to view the source code of PL/SQL applications, obtain access credentials for other database servers, access other database servers, and perform SQL queries on accessible database servers.
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The CERT Coordination Center thanks David Litchfield of NGSSoftware for information used in this document.