[VulnWatch] Multiple SQL Injection Vulnerabilities in Oracle Application Server 9i and RDBMS (#NISR05112003)

From: NGSSoftware Insight Security Research (nisr_at_nextgenss.com)
Date: 11/05/03

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    Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 18:46:21 -0000

    NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory

    Name : Multiple Oracle Application Server SQL Injection Vulnerabilities
    Systems Affected: All OS platforms; Oracle9i Application Server Release 1
    and 2 and RDBMS
    Severity : High Risk
    Vendor URL : http://www.oracle.com/
    Author : David Litchfield (david@ngssoftware.com)
    Date : 5th November 2003
    Advisory number : #NISR05112003

    Oracle's RDBMS, a leading database server package, supports stored packages
    and procedures through the use of PL/SQL. These packages and procedures can
    be accessed through Oracle's Application Server's Portal module. Oracle
    Application Server is a web server designed for Oracle applications. Many of
    the PL/SQL packages and procedures are vulnerable to SQL Injection. Using
    these vulnerabilities an unauthenticated attacker can gain access to all
    data in the database from the Internet.

    By default, Oracle Application Server allows unauthenticated users on the
    web to access PL/SQL packages and procedures stored in the RDBMS. When a
    PL/SQL procedure is executed it either does so with the security rights of
    the invoker or the definer. In the latter case, if a PL/SQL procedure
    defined by the powerful 'SYS' or 'SYSTEM' login is executed by a low
    privileged user that user can access data they would not directly be able to
    access. By executing such a procedure via Oracle Application Server and with
    these SQL Injection vulnerabilities it is possible for an attacker to gain
    access to all data within the database. For example, an attacker could gain
    access to account details including database usernames and password hashes.
    Whilst there are some vulnerable packages that do allow this level of access
    most do not. Those known to be vulnerable include the packages used for
    Portal DB Forms, Hierarchy, XML Components and List of Values. All of the
    packages are required by the RDBMS so they can't be deleted.

    Fix Information
    NGSSoftware alerted Oracle to these vulnerabilities between September and
    October 2002, last year. Oracle has reviewed the code of the PL/SQL Packages
    and procedures and fixed these issues. A patch is available from Metalink.
    Please see


    for more details.

    NGSSoftware advise Oracle database customers to review and install the patch
    as a matter of urgency.

    A check for this issue already exists in NGSSQuirreL for Oracle, a
    comprehensive automated vulnerability assessment tool for Oracle Database
    Servers of which more information is available from the NGSSite.


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