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Oracle9i User Privileges Vulnerability (CIAC M-071)




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                       The U.S. Department of Energy
                     Computer Incident Advisory Center
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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                     Oracle9i User Privileges Vulnerability
                          [Oracle Security Alert #33]

April 23, 2002 22:00 GMT                                          Number M-071
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PROBLEM:       A potential security vulnerability has been discovered in 
               Oracle9i database server. It is possible to create a user 
               defined in the Oracle9i database server with limited privileges 
               who can potentially access privileged data using SQL syntax for 
               outer joins. 
PLATFORM:      All platforms using Oracle9i Database, Release 9.0.1.x. 
DAMAGE:        A knowledgeable and malicious user may gain unauthorized access 
               to data in Oracle9i database server. 
SOLUTION:      Apply the patch supplied by vendor. 
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VULNERABILITY  The risk is LOW. A user account defined in the Oracle9i 
ASSESSMENT:    database is required to exploit this vulnerability. 
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LINKS: 
 CIAC BULLETIN:      http://www.ciac.org/ciac/bulletins/m-071.shtml 
 ORIGINAL BULLETIN:                                                           
                     http://otn.oracle.com/deploy/security/pdf/sql_joins_alert.pdf 
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[***** Start Oracle Security Alert #33 *****]

Oracle Security Alert #33
Dated: 17 April 2002

User Privileges Vulnerability in Oracle9i Database Server

Description
A potential security vulnerability has been discovered in Oracle9i database 
server. It is possible to create a user defined in the Oracle9i database 
server with limited privileges who can potentially access privileged data 
using SQL syntax for outer joins. As such, a knowledgeable and malicious
user can gain unauthorized access to data in Oracle9i database server.

None of the Oracle8i (Release 8.1.x), Oracle8 (Release 8.0.x) or Oracle7 
database server release is affected by this vulnerability.

Products affected
Oracle9i Database, Release 9.0.1.x, only

Platforms affected
All

Workarounds
There are no workarounds to protect against this potential vulnerability.

Patch Information
Oracle has fixed the potential vulnerability identified above in the 
upcoming Oracle Database server release, Oracle9i, Release 2. Patches 
with the base bug fix number, 2121935, are being made available only for 
supported releases of Oracle9i, Releases 9.0.1.x, database server on all
supported platforms.

Download currently available patches for your platform from Oracle’ s 
Worldwide Support web site, Metalink, http://metalink.oracle.com. Activate 
the "Patches" button to get to the patches Web page. Enter the base bug fix 
number indicated above and activate the "Submit" button.

Please check with Metalink or Oracle Worldwide Support Services periodically 
for patch availability if the patch for your platform is not yet available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If any view in the Oracle9i database server was created 
before application of your patch, re-compile all views including string 
'JOIN' (as user SYS) immediately after application of your patch.

Oracle strongly recommends that you comprehensively test the stability of 
your system upon application of any patch prior to deleting any of the 
original file(s) that are replaced by the patch.

[***** End Oracle Security Alert #33 *****]

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