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CIAC M-011 Oracle Trace Collection Security Vulnerability


M-011: Oracle Trace Collection Security Vulnerability

[Oracle Security Alert # 19]

October 29, 2001 22:00 GMT
 PROBLEM:           An error in the way Oracle otrcrep binary performs
                    translation on the ORACLE_HOME variable causes a
                    buffer overflow.
 PLATFORM:          All Oracle database server releases (8.0.x, 8.1.x, and
                    9.0.1) on all UNIX platforms.
 DAMAGE:            This buffer overflow allows a local user to
                    potentially upgrade privileges and execute any
                    arbitrary code allowed with oracle user and/or DBA
                    group privileges.
 SOLUTION:          Apply the workaround described below (change the file
                    permissions on all of the Oracle Trace executables as
 VULNERABILITY      The risk is MEDIUM. This buffer overflow results in a
 ASSESSMENT:        privilege upgrade. That is, it requires the attacker
                    to have local user privileges on the vulnerable


[***** Start Oracle Security Alert # 19 *****]

Security Alert #19
Reference Date: 10/18/01

Oracle Trace Collection Security Vulnerability

A potential security vulnerability has been discovered in the handling
of the environment variable, ORACLE_HOME. A buffer overflow is caused
when the Oracle binary, otrcrep, translates the environment variable,
ORACLE_HOME, into a string of 240 or more bytes. The Oracle binary
otrcrep runs with the SETUID oracle privileges in the operating system
DBA group. The buffer overflow may be exploited by a local user to force
overwriting of stack variables in shared memory including the return
memory address(es) and thereby execute arbitrary (or specific,
malicious) code with the privileges of the oracle user and/or the DBA
group privileges.

All Oracle database server releases (8.0.x, 8.1.x and 9.0.1)

All Unix platforms

If the ORACLE_HOME environment variable is being translated into a
string of 240 or more bytes, disable Oracle Trace by setting its control
parameter in init.ora as follows:


Change the file permissions on all of the Oracle Trace executables as
% chmod -s otrccol otrccref otrcfmt otrcrep
% chmod 751 otrccol otrccref otrcfmt otrcrep

The potential security vulnerability will be code-fixed in the next
release of the Oracle database server which is Oracle9i, Release 2,
only. All other releases of the Oracle database (8.0.x, 8.1.x and 9.0.1)
must use follow the workarounds specified above to circumvent the
potential security vulnerability.

Oracle wishes to thank Juan Manuel Pascual EscribĂ for discovering these
vulnerabilities and promptly bringing them to Oracle's attention.

[***** End Oracle Security Alert # 19 *****]

CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Oracle for the information
contained in this bulletin.
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