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Oracle 9iAS default configuration allows access to "globals.jsa" file

Vulnerability Note VU#698467

Original Release Date: 2002-02-27 | Last Revised: 2002-02-27


Oracle Database Server version 9iAS allows remote users to view the "globals.jsa" file used by Java Server Page (JSP) scripts. The "globals.jsa" file may contain Oracle usernames, passwords, and other configuration information not intended for public viewing, and attackers may use that information to mount attacks.


On a Oracle Database Server, JSP scripts may use a "globals.jsa" file to define global application variables and store data. In the default configuration of Oracle 9iAS (and possibly other versions), the "globals.jsa" file is stored in the "htdocs" directory without access restrictions. Thus the file is publicly readable by any Web client user.


Attackers may view a "globals.jsa" file and use the information therein (which may include Oracle usernames and passwords) to mount attacks.


The CERT/CC is currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.

Add the following lines to the httpd.conf file found in the $ORACLE_HOME$/apache/apache/conf directory.

<Files ~ "^\globals.jsa">
    Order allow,deny
    Deny from all

Vendor Information


Oracle Affected

Notified:  February 07, 2002 Updated: February 26, 2002



Vendor Statement

"Ok text. Please link to (alert #28)."

Vendor Information

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


The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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Thanks to David Litchfield for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Shawn Van Ittersum.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 11.25
Date Public: 2002-02-06
Date First Published: 2002-02-27
Date Last Updated: 2002-02-27 15:05 UTC
Document Revision: 12

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