A buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the Apache Procedural Language/Structured Query Language (PL/SQL) module used by Oracle9i Application Server (iAS). An HTTP Authorization header with a crafted password parameter could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Apache service.
NGSSoftware has released Insight Security Research Advisory #NISR06022002B that describes a number of vulnerabilities in the Apache PL/SQL module used by Oracle9i Application Server (iAS). This document addresses a buffer overflow vulnerability caused by a malformed HTTP Authorization request.
Oracle iAS uses the Apache HTTP Server to provide web services, including access to stored procedures via the Oracle PL/SQL module (modpplsql or mod_plsql). In iAS, PL/SQL is used to communicate with the database and generate HTML that can be interpreted by a web browser. The PL/SQL module handles authentication requests for various elements of Oracle iAS, such as stored procedures and Database Access Descriptors (DAD). If necessary, the PL/SQL module will prompt for credentials using the Authorization mechanism of the HTTP protocol. Section 14.8 of RFC 2616 describes HTTP Authorization and RFC 2617 describes the Basic and Digest HTTP Authentication schemes. A malformed HTTP Authorization request that contains a crafted password parameter could trigger a buffer overflow, executing arbitrary code with the privileges of the Apache service.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could cause a denial of service or execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the Apache process. Since the Apache service typically runs with SYSTEM privileges on Windows NT and Windows 2000, an attacker may be able to gain complete control of the system.
The CERT Coordination Center thanks David Litchfield of NGSSoftware for information used in this document.
This document was written by Art Manion.
|Date First Published:||2002-02-28|
|Date Last Updated:||2002-03-15 20:37 UTC|