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Oracle Application Express Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 04.15.08: Oracle Application Express Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 04.15.08: Oracle Application Express Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 04.15.08 
Apr 15, 2008


Oracle Application Express (Oracle APEX), formerly called HTML DB, is a
rapid web application development tool for the Oracle database. For
more information about Oracle Application Express, please visit
following URL. 


Local exploitation of a design error vulnerability in Oracle Corp.'s
Application Express web application development tool allows attackers
to gain elevated privileges.

The vulnerability exists in "run_ddl" function within the
"wwv_execute_immediate" package. This package is included in the
"flows_030000" schema. This function allows attackers to execute SQL
commands as any database user, such as SYS.


Exploitation allows the attacker to execute SQL commands as any database
user. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have
access to an account which can execute the
"flows_030000.wwv_execute_immediate.run_ddl" function. On a default
installation of Oracle Database 11g, the following non-DBA users can
execute this function: WMSYS, WKSYS, FLOWS_030000, OUTLN.

If combined with other SQL injection vulnerabilities which give access
to above accounts, an attacker with normal database user access can
take control of the whole database and possibly the whole computer


iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Oracle
Application Express version, which is installed by default
with Oracle Database 11g R1 (version Previous versions may
also be affected. However, Oracle Database 10g R2 does not install
Oracle Application Express by default.


Exploitation of this vulnerability can be prevented, if this component
is not being used, by uninstalling Oracle Application Express.


Oracle has addressed this issue within the April 2008 Critical Patch
Update. For more information, visit the following URL. 


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-1811 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for 
security problems.


01/18/2008  Initial vendor notification
01/22/2008  Initial vendor response
04/15/2008  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Joxean Koret.

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