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Oracle Client Tools buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#999268

Original Release Date: 2006-01-20 | Last Revised: 2006-01-20


A buffer overflow in an unspecified Oracle Client utility may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.


According to Oracle:

One vulnerability (DBC02) is in a utility that can be forced to terminate if given long arguments, potentially allowing code of an attacker's choice to be executed. However, this utility is not installed with setuid (elevated) privileges, so the risk that it can be effectively exploited is very low.

Based on research into public information, we believe that this issue is a buffer overflow in an unspecified Oracle Client utility. However, there is not sufficient information to authoritatively relate Oracle vulnerability information to information provided by other parties.


An attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.


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

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Oracle Corporation Affected

Updated:  January 20, 2006



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This vulnerability was reported by Oracle and Joxean Koret.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0283
Severity Metric: 5.91
Date Public: 2006-01-17
Date First Published: 2006-01-20
Date Last Updated: 2006-01-20 19:46 UTC
Document Revision: 22

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