[VulnWatch] Oracle TZ_OFFSET Remote System Buffer Overrun (#NISR16022003c)

From: NGSSoftware Insight Security Research (nisr@nextgenss.com)
Date: 02/17/03

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    NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory

    Name: Oracle TZ_OFFSET Remote System Buffer Overrun
    Systems Affected: All platforms; Oracle9i Database Release 2, 9i Release 1,
    8i, 8.1.7, 8.0.6
    Severity: High Risk
    Category: Remote System Buffer Overrun
    Vendor URL: http://www.oracle.com
    Author: Mark Litchfield (mark@ngssoftware.com)
    Date: 16th February 2003
    Advisory number: #NISR16022003c

    Oracle's database server contains fuctions for use within queries. The
    TZ_OFFSET function returns the time zone offset corresponding to the value
    entered based on the date the statement was executed. For example:


    would return the time zone offset value of -04:00. The TZ_OFFSET() function
    contains a remotely exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability.

    There exists a remotely exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability in the
    TZ_OFFSET function. By supplying a long character string for the time zone
    name an attacker can overwrite a saved return address on the stack of Oracle
    process. Before this issue can be exploited an attacker must be able to log
    on to the database server with a valid user ID and password, but as the
    TO_TIMESTAMP_TZ() function can be executed by PUBLIC by default any user of
    the system can gain control. Any arbitrary code supplied by an attacker
    would execute with the same privileges as the user running the service; this
    account is typically "Oracle" on linux/unix based platforms and Local System
    on Windows based operating systems such as NT/2000/XP. As such this allows
    for a complete compromise of the data stored in the database and possibly a
    complete compromise of the operating system.

    Fix Information
    NGSSoftware alerted Oracle to this vulnerability on 30th September 2002.
    Oracle has developed a patch which is available from


    A check for these issues has been added to NGSSQuirreL for Oracle, a
    comprehensive automated vulnerability assessment tool for Oracle Database
    Servers of which more information is available from the NGSSite


    Further Information
    For further information about the scope and effects of buffer overflows,
    please see


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