[NEWS] Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability in Oracle9i SQL*NET

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Date: 08/15/02


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Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 15:48:11 +0200 (CEST)

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  Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability in Oracle9i SQL*NET
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SUMMARY

ISS X-Force has discovered a flaw in the debugging mechanism of Oracle9i.
To exploit this vulnerability, attackers must send a specially crafted
request to an Oracle9i SQL*NET listener. Due to an implementation flaw,
Oracle9i does not handle the request correctly and fails. All Oracle9i
installations are vulnerable to this attack.

DETAILS

Affected Versions:
 * Oracle9i 9.0.x
 * Oracle9i 9.2

Note: All platforms for the affected versions are vulnerable.

Impact:
A successful attack on a vulnerable server can cause the SQL*NET listener
to fail and crash. Database functionality cannot be restored until the
listener is manually restarted.

Description:
SQL*NET permits client-server and server-server communication across any
network. SQL*NET enables distributed processing of SQL queries as well as
access to SQL databases from SQL-enabled clients.

Oracle9i has a debugging facility that allows database administrators to
collect additional information about the operation of the server.
Debugging features are enabled by default and cannot be disabled. The
Oracle9i SQL*NET listener does not correctly handle certain types of debug
requests that are submitted over the network. If Oracle9i encounters such
a request, it will crash and no longer field SQL requests from authorized
servers or clients.

Recommendations:
Oracle recommends that affected customers evaluate the possibility of
enabling "Valid Node Checking." This feature allows database
administrators to restrict access to the SQL*NET listener to only
authorized clients and servers. While this feature will not block
successful exploitation, it will limit exposure to this vulnerability.
Refer to Oracle Security Alert #38 for more information about this
workaround.

ISS X-Force recommends that all Oracle customers maintain a current patch
level on their Oracle installations. Oracle has released a patch for this
issue and it is available through Oracle's Worldwide Support Services
website at: <http://metalink.oracle.com> http://metalink.oracle.com.
Customers can reference this issue with the bug number 2467947.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Oracle Security Alert #38: <http://metalink.oracle.com>
http://metalink.oracle.com

Internet Security Systems X-Force Database:
<http://www.iss.net/security_center/static/9237.php>
http://www.iss.net/security_center/static/9237.php

The information has been provided by Ben Layer of <mailto:xforce@iss.net>
X-Force.

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