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Team SHATTER Security Advisory
Buffer Overflow in Resource Manager of Oracle Database - Plan name parameter
August 27, 2009
Oracle Database Server version 9iR1 and 9iR2
Yes (Authentication to Database Server is needed)
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Esteban Mart=EDnez Fay=F3 of Application Security Inc.
The plan name parameter used in ALTER SYSTEM SET RESOURCE_MANAGER_PLAN statement and in SYS.DBMS_RESOURCE_MANAGER.SWITCH_PLAN procedure is vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks. When passing an overly long plan name string a buffer can be overflowed.
To exploit this vulnerability it is required to have ALTER SYSTEM privilege. Exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code. It can also be exploited to cause DoS (Denial of service) killing the Oracle server process.
Vendor was contacted and a patch was released.
Restrict ALTER SYSTEM privilege.
Apply Oracle Critical Patch Update July 2009 available at Oracle Metalink.
Vendor Notification - 8/15/2007
Fix - 07/14/2009
Public Disclosure - 08/07/2009
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